Skyscraper Mountain Hike
Skyscraper Mountain is an 12.9 km moderately difficult hike in Mount Rainier National Park that provides the chance to appreciate local wildlife and natural beauty. You’ll take Wonderland Trail to the summit, allowing you to appreciate Frozen Lake, Sourdough Ridge, and views of Mount Rainier.
Join our newsletter
Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers
Route Description for Skyscraper Mountain Hike
The hike up Skyscraper Mountain on the Wonderland Trail is a beautiful journey in Mount Rainier National Park. The trail provides great views of the Burroughs, Sourdough Ridge, Rainier, and more. You’ll also likely be kept company by pika and marmot as you hike.
From the north end of the parking lot, head out on the unmarked paved trail between the restrooms and the Visitor Center. You’ll follow the signs to Frozen Lake, climbing up some steps to join the Sourdough Ridge Trail. Turn left here. At Frozen Lake, stay right onto Sourdough Ridge Trail. At 2.4 km in, you’ll come to a 5-way junction. Here, follow the signs for Wonderland Trail.
Beyond the junction, you’ll climb gently through meadows. At 3.6 km, keep left. You’ll crest a small pass at 5.5 km, then reach a ridge top at 5.8 km. From here, you leave the Wonderland Trail to take the obvious path through the gravel that heads up Skyscraper Mountain. This trail is unmaintained and steep in parts. While the scramble to the top isn’t difficult, it is a bit exposed and rocky, so consider leaving it for another time if you have older children with you or you’re not feeling up to it.
From the summit, savour the views in every direction: the Burroughs, Rainier, Vernal Park, the Fremont Lookout, Berkeley Park, and more. Once you’re ready, head back the same way you came.
Getting to the Skyscraper Mountain Hike Trailhead
To get to the trailhead for the Skyscraper Mountain hike from the White River entrance to the park, take State Route 410 all the way to its end at Sunrise. There is parking for about 350 vehicles here, but note that the parking lot tends to fill up early on weekends.
Skyscraper Mountain Hike Elevation Graph
Weather ForecastCheck Area Weather
Skyscraper Mountain Hike Reviews
Add a comment
You must be logged in to post a comment.
- Skyscraper Pass and Burroughs Mountain via Wonderland Trail
- Forest Lake via Huckleberry Creek and Sourdough Ridge
- Berkeley Park Trail
- Silver Forest Trail
- Sunrise Rim Trail and Fremont Lookout
- Dege Peak Trail
- Sunrise Nature Trail
- Shadow Lakes Trail to Sunrise Camp
- Burroughs Mountain Trail
- Sunrise Rim Trail
- Fremont Lookout Trail
- Frozen Lake via Sourdough Ridge Trail