Let's hike the Sourdough Ridge and Wonderland Trails to Skyscraper Mountain, passing by Frozen Lake along the way. Coming back, we'll follow the Wonderland Trail past Shadow Lake and Sunrise Camp before looping back to Sunrise. On the way home, we may stop somewhere for ice cream or dinner. I will need at least 3 people willing to drive.
Excerpt from “Day Hiking Mount Rainier,” by Dan A Nelson
Never has sitting atop a Skyscraper been so enjoyable. Though no official trail leads to the mountaintop, this rounded peak is easily scaled by just about anyone. Indeed, summit seekers have beaten a boot track up the flank of the peak that rivals most established trails in the park. And from the summit, you'll enjoy views that stretch from the ever-present Rainier to the south, to Mount Baker to the north. Just don't expect complete solitude. Even if no other human hikers scale the Skyscraper, you'll find the local residents are typical nosy neighbors who have to check out any visitor. A small colony of marmots resides atop this peak, and I've yet to visit the top without having one of the big yellow-bellied beasts popping out to check on my lunch. Enjoy visiting with the big beggars, but don't share your food: the marmots don't need your granola, and feeding them just encourages unneighborly behaviors on their part.
Trailhead ETA: 9:45 am.
Round Trip: 9.5 miles. Elevation Gain: 1,078 feet.
High Point: 7,078 feet. Difficulty: Moderate/difficult.
Pace: Slow/moderate. Hiking Time: 5 hours.
Special Features: Lakes, mountain views, ridges/passes, summits, wildflowers/meadows, wildlife.
Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270.
GPS: N[masked], W121 38.540.
What to Bring: Day pack with the 10 Essentials, appropriate hiking attire (no blue jeans, cotton clothing, or sneakers), plenty of water, lunch/energy snacks, sturdy/comfortable shoes + a bag for wet/soiled pairs, trekking poles (optional), sun preventatives, bug repellent, and your camera! Dress according to the forecast (layers!).
Contact: Sunrise Visitor Center, (360) 663-2425.
Permits/Regulations: $15 per vehicle for a 7-day entrance permit or $30 per vehicle for an annual pass. Group size limited to twelve. Fires prohibited. Dogs prohibited.
Getting there: 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.
Useful Links: 7-Day Weather Forecast
Robert's Cell: (253)[masked]
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