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Sunrise, Dege Peak — Sep 16, 2012 — Bassbone1975
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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This was originally a lark. My plan was to go up to Sunrise and watch/photograph the sunrise and go...
This was originally a lark. My plan was to go up to Sunrise and watch/photograph the sunrise and go home (my knees were still sore from my recent hikes and a run I had gone on with my National Guard unit).

Let me tell you, it gets really cold up there at 6400 ft at 5:45 in the morning! I was just glad that I had brought my 10 essentials with me, as I ended up using all of my extra clothing to stay warm!

I was so inspired by the Sunrise that I tooled around the Visitor Center (closed for the season) and saw that there was this short, 1.5 mi Nature Hike. So I started up, it was a pretty easy hike, and I was stopping every few feet to take pictures. The views were like nothing I've ever seen before. OK, I'd been to Sunrise once before, but it was a very short visit and I didn't have a chance to hike around.

I was maybe a half mile into it when I saw the sign saying Dege Peak trail 1.4 mi, and decided what the heck, why not? So I trundled along, knees complaining moderately and got to see fantastic view after fantastic view. Let me tell you, getting up to the top Dege Peak, AND discovering that I somehow had cell reception was the high point of my morning, as I began sending picture messages out to all of my friends and family! After an early lunch (9am), I headed back down. to finish the nature trail.

All told, it was the best 4.3 mile hike ever! I'm definitely planning on going back up there and checking out the other trails because I'm pretty sure they're awesome too :)
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Sunrise #262 — Jul 14, 2005 — BGrimm
Day hike
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It's prime time right now for this trail. The trail is clear, the flowers are there, and the bugs a...

It's prime time right now for this trail. The trail is clear, the flowers are there, and the bugs are not.

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Sunrise #262,Sunrise Peak #262.1 — Jun 30, 2003 — Bob and Nancy
Day hike
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Sunrise Peak, near Juniper Ridge, in the Gifford Pinchot forest, off road 23 south of Randle. Trail...

Sunrise Peak, near Juniper Ridge, in the Gifford Pinchot forest, off road 23 south of Randle. Trails 262 and 262A were in pretty good shape, even though 262 is open to motorbikes. The view from the old lookout site on Sunrise Peak was most excellent. We returned via a short section of the Juniper Ridge Trail 261 and it was pretty awful. The motorcycle rut was so deep, it was hard to walk, unless you like to put one foot exactly in front of another and have the balance of a cat.

The trailhead is on Forest Road 2324. This was about 5 miles of pretty rough road. Lots of rock on the road means slow going in many places, unless you have a high clearance vehicle and tires you really trust.

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Jumbo Shoulder — Sep 14, 1997 — Wise Mule
Day hike
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After a hard day of work on Sunrise Peak with the ever willing and able group of WTA volunteers, Be...

After a hard day of work
on Sunrise Peak with the ever willing and able group of WTA volunteers, Bev and I decided to go on a hike to the Jumbo Shoulder on Sunday. The day started off cloudy and drizzle was falling on us as we left the trailhead at 10am. We had lots of faith that it would get better. Little did we know it would get much worse. This is one of those trails that doesn't fool around and starts up very steep, very soon. We had been up the day before so we knew what to expect. Actually, the total gain is 1600ft, but a lot of it is in a few places. The views from the trail make it well worth the climb. The total distance we traveled was aproximately 7 miles. The trail up to the Sunrise Peak turnoff was in very good shape in spite of the motorcycles and rain. We saw a bear hunter about an hour into the hike. He was very friendly and his bike was extremely quiet. I guess they need to be if you are hunting. He pointed out some elk grazing in the meadow below that we had not spotted as yet. There is a nice meadow at the saddle where the trail splits from Sunrise Peak trail. There were huckleberries as big as grapes. We stopped here on the way back and picked berries in the freezing rain. [Or was that sleet'] As we climbed up over the top of the ridge we were hit with very strong wind and blowing rain. We went on further to see if there was a seasonal lake ahead. Bev wants to camp up there sometime and was interested in the water situation. THERE IS NONE! Be sure and carry plenty. Of course there was plenty coming from the sky this day but probably not always. We couldn't see much due to the clouds so we headed down to get out of the weather. The trail was in great shape the entire distrance we went. As we went down the sky begin to clear just long enough for us to eat lunch. We were glad to get to the warm and dry truck. Now that I am home in front of my computer, I'd say it was well worth it.

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Sunrise Peak — Sep 13, 1997 — Wise Mule
Day hike
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Went down to Randle area to do trail work on Sat. The trail was very steep but offered great views...

Went down to Randle area
to do trail work on Sat. The trail was very steep but offered great views. We put in a lot of drains due to the steepness of the trail and the motorcyle use. In some places the ruts were a foot deep so we shaved off the edges to make it more travel friendly. We left it in great shape. When we were finished working we climbed to the top of Sunrise Peak to see Mt. Rainer, Mt Adams, Mt St. Helens, and Mt Hood. Great view! It is very steep at the end but there is a hand rail left from the long past lookout tower. The trail climbs 1600 ft in about 4 miles. A good hike on a clear day. Lots of huckleberries.

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Sunrise Peak — Sep 13, 1997 — Bill Sunderland
Day hike
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Saturday was our Dark Divide work party day. Thankfully we had a spell of good weather so we could ...

Saturday was
our Dark Divide work party day. Thankfully we had a spell of good weather so we could get some work done. Under partially cloudy to sometimes even sunny skies our crew helped Kate from the Gifford Pinchot trail crew fix a lot of the motorized wheel damage done to this trail. We hiked up to the junction with the Juniper ridge trail #261 and worked on up toward Sunrise Mountain. Here the trail was a deep rutt with no drainage structures. We worked the trail to nearly level and dug many drain dips. The soft, rock-free and rootless soil made this easy. We knocked off around 2:30 and headed up #262A, the spur trail to Sunrise Peak. The trail is protected from wheels by a motorbike baffle at the junction. At the summit we ran into Ira Spring and a motley handful of hikers who had slept too late to join our work party. Despite this views from the summit were pleasant. From amongst the remnants of the former lookout site you could easily spot fires or erruptions on Rainier, Hood, Adams and Saint Helens.

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South Cascades

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