Mount Rainier Area
Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
RoadRoad suitable for all vehicles
This is a great hike to take in spectacular views of Mt. Rainier all the way from the beginning to the end of the trail. There are three Burroughs you can hike one after another. First and Second Burroughs are easy to moderate, and Third is strenuous. It seems like most hikers turn around at Second Burroughs which offers an amazing view of Mt. Rainier right before you. If you want a little more challenge and have stamina, Third Burroughs offers the closet view of the glaciers. If you have binoculars with you, you can even measure the depth of crevasses, perhaps. Take in the panoramic view north of there....Mt. baker, Glacier Peak, Mt. Stuart, other Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges. Also, Puget Sound cities are visible....it was my first time ever to be able to see Seattle/Bellevue from Mt. Rainier! On the way back down to First Burroughs, I spotted three bears....mother bear and two cubs. They were big and their fur was golden brown almost like a grizzly bear. What an awesome day hike!