Between the two hikes we will be doing about 13.5 miles roundtrip and 1700 ft elevation gain..please be prepared!!
[Mt. Rainier|National Parks Pass required]
We will be stopping at the Applebees in the Target parking lot for beer and food after the hike.
I'm a very slow hiker..I take a lot of pictures and I take my time..I don't rush!!!
PLEASE..ONLY RSVP "YES" [We do not need to know you will not be joining us]..NO DOGS..$15 for gas and the wear and tear on the driver's car..
[My cell[masked] 0555]
Bug spray or mosquito net
Extra water [minimum 2 liters]
NO JEANS, NO COTTON
Have your 10 essentials
We will do Berkeley Park and then when we get back from the meadows we will take the trail 1.5 miles up to Mt. Fremont Fire Lookout.
Wildflowers=bugs..come prepared with bug spray and sunscreen!
Mt. Rainier -- NE - Sunrise / White River
Sunrise Ranger Station
Berkeley Park may be the best place in the whole Sunrise area to throw yourself down on a patch of earth and simply sit and contemplate your good fortune. This is, after all, one of the richest wildflower gardens in the world. By late July, when the heavy mantle of snow has finally pulled away, Berkeley Park explodes in a rainbow of color. Other meadowlands around the mountain likewise boast of bright wildflower carpets, of course. But Berkeley, for some reason, seems special. Perhaps it's the north-facing bowl of the park that keeps Mount Rainier largely out of the picture, forcing you to focus on the splendor underfoot. Or perhaps it's because this park gets fewer visitors than the other broad swathes of green in the area. Regardless, Berkeley Park is a special place that's easily reached by folks looking for a moderate day hike.
Head north from the parking lot to the crest of Sourdough Ridge. At the Y-junction 0.2 mile out, go left and at the ridge-top junction, stay left again to hike west along the spine of Sourdough Ridge. At about 1 mile out, you'll pass a side trail on the right leading down to Forest Lake in Huckleberry Basin. Continue straight ahead to reach the shores of Frozen Lake at 1.5 miles.
Trails fork off left, right, and straight ahead just past Frozen Lake. Follow the signs for the Wonderland Trail, or if signs aren't standing, stay straight, angling ever westward through most intersections to remain on the main trail. The path descends gradually just past Frozen Lake, looping around the wall of a shallow cirque that forms the head basin of Berkeley Park. At 2.5 miles, you come to yet another split.
Go right to leave the Wonderland Trail and descend into the heart of Berkeley Park. The trail curves around the valley wall, descending slowly for the next 1.3 miles to a backcountry camp in the forest nestled below the Berkeley meadows. Rather than roll all the way to that camp, stop when the trees begin to thicken and turn back here--about 1 mile after leaving the Wonderland (3.5 miles from the trailhead). Start back up the path to find a quiet corner to plop down in for some rest and reflection before finishing your return journey to Sunrise.
From Enumclaw, drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Veer right onto the Sunrise Road and follow it 17 miles west to the large parking lot and visitor center at the road's end. Note: Sunrise Road usually doesn't open until early July.
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