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Sunrise Lake

Mount Rainier Area


Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River
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1.5 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 6150 ft.


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This short, one-mile, downhill jaunt from the hairpin turn on the road to Sunrise makes a great detour when hiking the Palisades Lakes trail, or a nice warm up before tackling longer hikes like Burroughs or Dege Peak from Sunrise.

Sunrise is the first of seven lakes that it is possible to see on the Palisades Lakes trail, but it's a great stopping spot for visitors with little ones, or those who just want to amble a short way down the trail. Plus, along the way you'll enjoy seas of wildflowers and huckleberries, depending on which season you visit.

While the throngs of summer visitors are heading to the end of the road at Sunrise Point, pull off into the corner viewpoint parking area near the top. The wide trail starts across the road, near a kiosk with a map and general information about the area. Drop downhill on the soft and wide trail, crossing a short section of talus before arriving at a junction marked for Sunrise Lake. Follow the signs to the peaceful little lake. 

Because it's all downhill from the parking area, you'll have an uphill return trip. And, because it's the first of many lakes on this trail, you're likely to have company here. But it's a nice picnic spot, where you can bask in the majesty of faraway Rainier peeking over much-closer Dege Peak, and marvel at the wide valley Sunrise Lake is pooled in.


Sunrise Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.9175, -121.5878 Open map in new window


Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

Mount Rainier National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Mount Rainier East No. 270

Getting There

From Enumclaw, drive SR-410 38 miles to the White River park entrance. Turn right onto Sunrise Road for 13 miles to viewpoint and trailhead parking.

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