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White River to Sunrise

Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River
46.9024, -121.6438 Map & Directions
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,100 feet
Highest Point
6,400 feet
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Sunrise Road and White River Road are closed for the season.

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  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites

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A short but steep climb on the Wonderland Trail from a campground in Mount Rainier National Park to the Sunrise Visitor Center area. Continue reading

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Hiking White River to Sunrise

This hike in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park follows a section of the Wonderland Trail for a day-hike that samples an iconic part of the park.

Since the Sunrise Visitor Center and its surrounding trails can be reached by car, this hike won’t take you to a remote location in the park but will give you the unique perspective of arriving on foot to a popular area of the National Park, and provide a good workout along the way.

Starting from the White River Campground, find the trail taking off into the trees and immediately start climbing. The trail climbs in a series of long switchbacks for 2.3 miles before intersecting the Sunrise Rim Trail. At this intersection head right for half a mile before turning left on a short spur trail that takes you to the Sunrise Visitor Center where you can learn more about the park and use the facilities.

If you would like to explore more of the Sunrise Area, trace your steps back to the junction with the Wonderland Trail. Instead of heading back downhill stay straight and arrive in under a mile at Shadow Lake or push on further to the flanks of Burroughs Mountain. When you’re done enjoying the scenery head back downhill to your car at White River Campground.

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Hike Description Written by
Charlie Wakenshaw, WTA Staff

White River to Sunrise

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.9024, -121.6438 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Sunrise Road and White River Road are closed for the season.

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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

From Enumclaw, head east on Highway 410 for 43 miles to the White River entrance to the park. Turn right onto Sunrise Road and follow it for five miles, then cross the White River and turn left onto the White River Road. Follow the road to its end at the White River Campground. The trailhead is at the upper end of the loop in the campground.

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Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River

Mount Rainier National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

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

Buy the Green Trails Paradise No. 270S map

Buy the Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270 map

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