Skyscraper Pass and Burroughs Mountain via Wonderland Trail
Skyscraper Pass and Burroughs Mountain via Wonderland Trail is a 13.2 km moderately trafficked route in Mount Rainier National Park that is rated as hard. This trail delivers in terms of views, but part of the difficulty rating comes from a section of poorly defined trail that requires some bushwhacking. If you’re prepared to take it on, you’ll have the mountain to yourself!
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Route Description for Skyscraper Pass and Burroughs Mountain via Wonderland Trail
The hike up Skyscraper Pass and 2nd Burroughs 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. Be prepared for a section of poorly defined trail and a bit of bushwhacking to get from the pass to 2nd Burroughs.
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. The path up Skyscraper branches up the mountain, but you’ll go south on a trail towards 2nd Burroughs. This is where the bushwhacking begins. Keep heading in the direction of the peak.
From atop 2nd Burroughs, take the trail to the northwest that descends back to Frozen Lake. From here, continue back to Sunrise.
Getting to the Skyscraper Pass and Burroughs Mountain via Wonderland Trail Trailhead
To get to the trailhead for the Skyscraper Pass and Burroughs 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.
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