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  • High point:7180
  • Low point:6190
  • Hiking season: late July - Sept.
  • TotalElevation gain:1420
  • Toal Elevation lost:1420
  • Total distance:5.4
  • Effective Distance:7.7
  • Hiking time: 3 hours
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Profile Explained

This loop offers one of the best ratios of scenic value for the effort in the Park. Starting at Sunrise the trail rises and then traverses to Frozen Lake. Just beyond the lake is a major trail intersection with branches to Mt. Fremont, Sunrise Camp, Burroughs, and west along the Wonderland trail to Berkeley Park and Skyscraper. From the intersection the trail crosses a steep snowfield that often does not melt out, if at all, until August; this part of the trail it can be quite treacherous when snow covered. At the end of this traverse the hiker has the option of taking a short (.5 mile) side trip to Second Burroughs Mountain for even better views. Turning south the tail loses elevation to the lookout over the White River and Emmonds Glacier before continuing down into the Sunrise Camp. From the camp it is a gentle rise back to Sunrise.

Map Discription Size (kb)
Small colored elevaton map 4
Topographic map with shadeing 255
Topographic map without shadeing 85
Shaded Basement Geologic Map

(Geologic key)

Air Photo 2,183
Stereo Map

To see this image you will need special glasses (which I will provide if you contact me before supplies run out)


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Gregg Petrie 2000