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Hike to Mt. Fremont Lookout - Tatoosh Group (Pierce Co)

Friday, August 8th, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Aug 8th 2014

Come hike with the Tatoosh Group of the Sierra Club Fri., Aug 8. We will be going to Mt. Fremont in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park. Round trip is 5.6 miles, elevation gain is 800 feet or 1100 feet depending on which hiking guide you believe, high point is 7200 feet. It is rated "moderate".

This is a pretty popular hike to one of the old fire lookout towers in the park. The views are spectacular. On clear days, Glacier Peak, Mount Stuart, and even Mount Baker can be seen. Goats are sometimes visible from the trail. The trail starts in the parking lot at sunrise and climbs to the top of Sourdough Ridge and on to Frozen Lake. From Frozen Lake the trail is to the right through a meadow and along a ridge up to the tower. We will find a spot here for lunch before heading back. Back at Sunrise we should have time to check out the visitors' center before leaving.

Contact Dorothy Walker, dorothyw@centurylink.net for details and to sign up by Wed., Aug. 6.

Bring at least a quart of water ( I would suggest 2 on a hot day), lunch, comfortable but sturdy hiking boots or shoes, sun protection and dress in layers for the weather. Mountain weather can change fast so put an extra layer in your pack.

We will carpool from the Fred Meyer store on River Rd and Meridian in Puyallup at 8:30 AM. We'll be on the Meridian side of the parking lot. We should be back by 5:00 PM.

Please let me know by Wed., Aug 6 that you plan to come and whether you can be a driver. The road is paved all the way. They are chip sealing on 410 out of Enumclaw so there may be 15 minute delays. A National Park pass is required per vehicle. Be prepared to chip in for gas and a pass if necessary.