Sourdough Ridge Trail
Mount Rainier National Park

Located 26.3 miles from Buckley, Washington

4 Stars
9,105 Steps 1  (4.1 mi)

The Sourdough Ridge Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,827 ft (2,081 m), a minimum elevation of 6,171 ft (1,881 m), and an elevation gain of 7,882 ft (2,402 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Sourdough Ridge Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
9,1054.1 mi6,171 ft6,827 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.8 hrs0.47,882 ft9,970 ft
[ B to A ]
2.0 hrs0.69,970 ft7,882 ft

What is the length of the Sourdough Ridge Trail?

The length of the Sourdough Ridge Trail is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) or 9,105 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Sourdough Ridge Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the Sourdough Ridge Trail in 1.8 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.0 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Sourdough Ridge Trail Topo Maps

Download free Sourdough Ridge Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Bearhead Mountain, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Clear West Peak, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Sun Top, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Mowich Lake, WA
  5. Topo Map: Sunrise, WA
  6. East Topo Map: White River Park, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mount Rainier West, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Mount Rainier East, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Chinook Pass, WA

Is there a Sourdough Ridge Trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Sourdough Ridge Trail is located on the Sunrise and White River Park topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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