Sunrise Nature Trail (1.5 mi/2.4 km)
Located in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park, the Sunrise Nature Trail is popular in the summer season. The trailhead can be found near the Sunrise Day Lodge, a short distance from the parking lot. Though the dirt trail isn’t “stroller friendly” this trail is still quite popular with families. Considered one of the easier trails at Sunrise, it’s wide open and well marked. The first portion of the trail features a steady incline. The subalpine meadows at Sunrise have views of Rainier and the Cascade mountains. According to Mount Rainier National Park the average time to complete the loop is 45 minutes.
Restrooms and picnic tables are near the visitor center and Day Lodge. There are no facilities or trash cans along the Sunrise Nature Trail. When exploring the trail please practice “leave no trace” principals and dispose of trash responsibly at the receptacles provided by the visitor center and picnic area. Please stay on the marked trails. The subalpine meadows are fragile environments. As a result, one step off the trail can damage the soil hurting future wildflower blooms for years to come.
Q: Can I take my dog with me on the Sunrise Nature Trail?
A: No. Dogs are not allowed on the trails at Mount Rainier National Park. Click here for the Mount Rainier National Park pet policy.
Q: Can I go mountain biking on the Sunrise Nature Trail?
A: No. Bikes are not permitted on the trails at Mount Rainier National Park.
Q: Is the Sunrise Nature Trail accessible in late October?
A: No. The Road to Sunrise is typically open early July through late September, weather dependent.
Q: How high up is the Sunrise Nature Trail?
A: The trail begins at 6,400 feet and gains 300 feet of elevation.
Q: Do you have a trail map?
A: Yes, a PDF copy of the map can be found here. Mount Rainier National Park has printed maps available at the visitor center.
Q: Are there other “easy” trails nearby?
A: Yes. The Silver Forest Trail a 2 mile (round trip) with 170 feet of elevation gain. This is an “out and back” trail considered another “easy” trail at Sunrise.