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Mount Fremont Lookout Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 08 September 2014
Location: Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area
Roundtrip of the trail: 5.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 800 ft
Highest Point: 7200 ft
GPS Coordinates:

Trailhead: N 46° 54' 53", W 121° 38' 32"

Lookout: N 46° 56' 03", W 121° 40' 32"

Photo from Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area, Fremont Lookout TrailPictures below will take you on a virtual tour along this wonderful  trail. Enjoy stunning views and gorgeous nature!!!

Description:

Photo from Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area, Fremont Lookout Trail

The Mount Fremont Lookout Trail is a very easy, but unbelievably beautiful route. This trail is very popular and gets crowded in summer. The old fire-watch tower that is found at the end of the hike is a real treat to the tourists. On a clear day, visitors will surely enjoy the views of Mount Stuart, Glacier Peak and sometimes Mount Baker.

Photo from Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area, Fremont Lookout Trail

Mount Fremont Lookout Trail is fascinating not only because of the fire-watch tower, but because the path runs through green forest across alpine tundra. The ecosystem in this area is very interesting. The trees do not look old here, but most of them are hundreds of years old. The growing season in this area is very short and the growing conditions are very tough. Do not be surprised if you see snow here even in summer. It looks so unreal, but it is true. Take a look at the pictures below and you will see a small pond with snow near it. So beautiful!

The trail to Fremont Lookout starts at the Sunrise Visitor Center. The path runs towards Sourdough Mountains. After 0.2 mile the trail splits, take the path that runs west and runs to Berkley Park and Burroughs Mountain. The path that goes from the junction is well-maintained and your next 20-minute hike will be pleasant and full of views.

Photo from Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area, Fremont Lookout Trail

This beautiful path takes you to Frozen Lake and from here there are several options for your hike continuation: the path that goes to the south will take you to Burroughs Mountains, if you go to the North, you’ll enjoy wonderful views from Freemont Fire Lookout, and the path that runs west brings hikers to Berkley Park.

From Frozen Lake the path climbs up the ridge until it comes to a steep drop-off and then it starts to descend to the lookout point.

The Mount Fremont Fire Lookout is well seen from this place. This fire-watch tower was built in 1933 at an elevation of 7,000 feet. It is the highest in the park. This tower features a balcony that served as a lookout point and storage on the ground level. Nowadays this lookout is part of the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District.

Directions:

From Enumclaw

Drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Turn right onto the Sunrise Road and drive for 17 miles west to the large parking lot and visitor center at the end of the road. Sunrise Road usually doesn't open until early July.

These pictures were taken on August 20, 2014

In order to get the directions click on the link below:

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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