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The Burrough Range Traverse

Mount Rainier National Park

Milking some of the better lines in the Burroughs before riding back to the White River Campground

Ski Touring Difficult

15 km
1.2 km
1.8 km
6-7 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.4 km
The Burrough Range Traverse Map

The Burroughs is such a unique zone with the tops being flat enough to be the perfect cross country skiing zone but don’t judge a book by its cover. While the top is mellow the slopes on the North and South sides are another story entirely. Wanting to make the most out of a sunny day we decided to make what could be a simple exit to the White River Campground a day to remember. Knowing that there was powder out there we would work with the terrain to get the most vert as well as riding some great lines. While this trip was done Midwinter you could easily do everything once the White River Campground opens.


A few days before we had snowmobiled into the White River Campground before heading up the Wonderland trail to Sunrise visitor center. Starting at the visitor center we followed the summer road to the west before climbing up to Frozen Lake. Snowboarding west down into the upper basin of Berkeley Park we switched to skinning where we were able to gain the ridge via the lower Northeast slopes of the Second Burroughs. Being that it was holding powder the moment we got to the top we switched over and took a quick lap before climbing back up the ridge.

Being at the col between the Second the Third Burroughs we made our way west until arriving on the Third Burroughs Summit. Standing up top we rode down a northeast chute into the valley until it flattened out. By now the day was getting short so we started heading south up and over the col and back onto the summit of the Third Burrough. Dropping in we started heading south before the slope rolled over slowly heading skiers left and riding all the way down the main drainage until arriving on the Glacier Basin Trail. From here we followed the Trail down having to boot pack occasionally but it was a relatively easy descent all the way back to the White River Campground.

To see my trip in the area and more photos check out this link https://www.whereiskylemiller.com/mt-rainier/sunrise-sourdoughs-traverse/



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between January and May


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Ski Safari
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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