Burroughs Mountain is located in Mount Rainier National Park west of the Sunrise Visitors Center on the northeast slope of Mount Rainier. The mountain was first called John Burroughs Mountain. It was named for John Burroughs, the naturalist, who visited the mountain several times. Burroughs Mountain is a high ridge formed from an ancient lava flow. Its three summits get progressively higher as you approach Rainier itself. The mountain is notable for alpine tundra, with plants typically seen at much higher latitudes. The tundra ground cover hugs the barren rocky plateau and has a short growing season as snow covers the ridge for much of the year.
The mountain is a popular dayhike destination with its grand close-up view of the Emmons and Winthrop glaciers, and big views in all directions as it's all above treeline. The trail starts at the Sunrise Lodge (6400 feet elevation) and loops up to First Burroughs Mountain and Second Burroughs Mountain (elevation 7402 feet). Third Burroughs Mountain (7828 ft) is off-trail and about another mile beyond Second Burroughs. The loop trail is about 6.2 miles and takes about 3-4 hours. Access is limited by snow closing the Sunrise Road much of the year, and even more by ice blocking the trail above Frozen Lake.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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