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Skyscraper Pass

Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River
46.9146, -121.6423 Map & Directions
Length
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1700 feet
Highest Point
7079 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

The trail to Skyscraper Pass makes an ideal dayhike to take you a little further from the popular visitor center at Sunrise, and the crowds that head to Dege Peak and the Burroughs. It's a bit longer, so you'll need to be ready for push. Particularly enthusiastic hikers can push onto Skyscraper Mountain via a bootpath. Continue reading

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Hiking Skyscraper Pass

The trail to Skyscraper Pass makes an ideal dayhike to take you a little further from the popular visitor center at Sunrise, and the crowds that head to Dege Peak and the Burroughs. It's a bit longer, so you'll need to be ready for push. Particularly enthusiastic hikers can push onto Skyscraper Mountain via a bootpath.

From the north side of the parking lot at Sunrise, start out on the unmarked paved road/trail between the restrooms and the Visitor Center. Follow signs toward Frozen Lake to bypass the picnic area and then climb up rock and dirt steps to connect with the Sourdough Ridge Trail. Go left. At Frozen Lake, 1.25 miles from the trailhead, stay right to remain on the Sourdough Ridge Trail, coming to a five-way junction at 1.5 miles.

At the junction, follow the sign directing you, more or less straight on, to the Wonderland Trail. Begin a gradual descent through open rocky meadows. At 2.25 miles, stay left on the Wonderland Trail, passing the signed junction with the Northern Loop Trail that leads to Berkeley Park (and is a delightful, if shorter, option to the much more crowded Wonderland Trail).

The trail goes through some minor ups and downs then climbs steadily up to the small pass at 3.4 miles. Here, look back at the ground you covered and then around you -- select an out of the way spot for lunch, or push on to the Peak directly north of you.

Hike Description Written by
Ken Giesbers, WTA Correspondent

Skyscraper Pass

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.9146, -121.6423 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Drive to Mount Rainier National Park’s northeast (White River) entrance, 40 miles east and south of Enumclaw on State Route 410, or 3 miles north of Cayuse Pass on State Route 410. Follow the road to its end at Sunrise. There is parking for about 350 vehicles at the upper parking lot. There are bathrooms with running water, a Day Lodge, and a Visitor Center.

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Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River

Mount Rainier National Park

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