Silver Forest Trail

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • Subalpine forest of Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis).- Silver Forest Trail
  • Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis).- Silver Forest Trail
  • Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis).- Silver Forest Trail
  • View of Mount Rainier (14,411') from the Emmons Glacier Viewpoint.- Silver Forest Trail
  • View south of the Cowlitz Chimneys from Silver Forest Trail.- Silver Forest Trail
  • View east from the Silver Forest Trail.- Silver Forest Trail
  • Subalpine forest of Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis).- Silver Forest Trail
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') from the Silver Forest Trail.- Silver Forest Trail
  • Looking toward Sourdough Ridge with leafybract aster (Aster foliaceus) just off of the Silver Forest Trail.- Silver Forest Trail
  • Silver Forest Trail.- Silver Forest Trail
  • Looking toward Sourdough Ridge from the Silver Forest Trail.- Silver Forest Trail
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') and Little Tahoma Peak (11,138') from the Silver Forest Trail.- Silver Forest Trail
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Pros: 
Easiest hike in Sunrise area. Views of Mount Rainier and the White River Valley.
Cons: 
Little landscape diversity.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
140.00 ft (42.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,400.00 ft (1,950.72 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you've made it all the way up to Sunrise but are short on time, venturing down the Silver Forest Trail is the best and quickest way to explore the wildflower-filled subalpine meadows of Sunrise Park and gain 180-degree views over the White River and Emmons Glacier.

Starting from the south side of the Sunrise parking area, you'll quickly reach the first interpretive viewpoint that overlooks the White River valley nearly 3,000 feet below. As the trail winds through stands of Pacific silver fir and some whitebark pine, the second kiosk and vantage point is just ahead. Here, vistas extend south across the valley to the Cowlitz Chemneys and beyond to Goat Rocks (the eroded remnants of a long-extinct stratovolcano). As you hike further east along this virtually flat, 1-mile stretch of trail, the trees will begin to thin and more wildflowers will begin to dominate this open meadow, including lupine, leafybract aster, and cascade aster.

In total, the hike can be finished in less than an hour.

Note: Because of its 6,400-foot elevation and extensive snowpack, the road leading up to Sunrise can be closed as late as early July and closes again in October.

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