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Sunrise Point

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • View looking south from Sunrise Point toward Mount Adams (12,281').- Sunrise Point
  • View looking southeast from Sunrise Point at sunrise.- Sunrise Point
  • Sunrise view of Little Tahoma Peak (11,138') from Sunrise Point.- Sunrise Point
  • View looking south from Sunrise Point toward Mount Adams (12,281').- Sunrise Point
  • View below Sunrise Point to the White River.- Sunrise Point
  • View looking southeast from Sunrise Point toward Seymour Peak (6,337').- Sunrise Point
  • View from Sunrise Point south toward the Cowlitz Chimneys and Goat Rocks.- Sunrise Point
  • View from Sunrise Point looking southeast at sunrise.- Sunrise Point
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') at sunrise from Sunrise Point.- Sunrise Point
  • View north from Sunrise Point toward Sunrise Lake and Marcus Peak.- Sunrise Point
  • View north from Sunrise Point toward Sunrise Lake and Marcus Peak.- Sunrise Point
  • The Sunrise Visitor Center in Mount Rainier National Park.- Sunrise Point
  • The Sunrise Visitor Center in Mount Rainier National Park.- Sunrise Point
  • The Sunrise Visitor Center in Mount Rainier National Park.- Sunrise Point
  • View east from the Sunrise Visitor Center.- Sunrise Point
  • The Sunrise Gift Shop and Cafeteria in Mount Rainier National Park.- Sunrise Point
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic vistas. Access to Mount Rainier National Park hikes.
Cons: 
Summer weekend crowds.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Points of Interest:
Historical landmark, Viewpoint, Wildflowers
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Jutting out from the eastern flanks of Mount Rainier and perched nearly 3,000 feet above the White River, Sunrise Point is a must-see destination for visitors to the national park.

Aptly named, Sunrise Point's eastern location is best visited early in the morning when a newly rising sun illuminates the giant stratovolcano and the countless peaks that protect the mountain's base. Views south reveal 12,281-foot Mount Adams (Washington's second highest peak) and 8,184-foot Goat Rocks, an extinct and heavily eroded stratovolcano. Sunrise Point is also the departure point for the 3.4-mile trail leading to Palisades Lakes (which passes Sunrise, Clover and Hidden Lake).

Drive, bike, or hike west along Sourdough Ridge an additional 2.6 miles to make your way to Sunrise Park. Siting at 6,400 feet, the highest point in the park accessible by vehicle, Sunrise is one Mount Rainier National Park's most frequented locations after Paradise and Longmire. Here you'll find Sunrise Visitor Center, Sunrise Day Use Lodge (with a cafeteria, a limited general store, and a gift shop), restrooms, potable water, and the trailhead to all of Sunrise's hiking adventures, including:

  • Burroughs Mountain Trail (6.2 miles there-and-back; 1,000 feet net elevation gain).
  • Mount Freemont Lookout Trail (6.0 miles there-and-back; 800 feet net elevation gain).
  • Sunrise Rim Trail (5.7 miles there-and-back; 800 feet net elevation gain).
  • Silver Forest Trail (2.2 miles there-and-back; 140 feet net elevation gain).

Opened in 1931, Sunrise originally provided accommodations to guests with 215 cabins that covered the meadow north of the lodge. However, because of the heavy snowfall of harsh winters, the the cabins that were more challenging to access were removed only 12 years later. Sunrise was also the site of a large campground, which also was eventually removed.

Today, no accommodations can be found at Sunrise, and only the small walk-in campground of Sunrise Camp remains. This can be accessed via a 1.3-mile trail from the Sunrise Visitor Center. White River Campground, however, is located 2,200 feet below Sunrise and offers 108 tent/car campsites.

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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