While we could have hiked to Third Burroughs when we were hiking First and Second Burroughs, we didn’t because there is another way to Third that looked a lot more interesting, if a little bit longer. We would hike up the Glacier Basin Trail again, cutting off after 2.4 miles to hike 1.7 miles up to the saddle between Second and Third Burroughs. From there it’s a quick mile to the summit of Third Burroughs. Adds up to 10.2 miles – Yikes! Oh Well.
Climbers above Glacier Basin on the way up Steamboat Prow to Sherman Camp on the Inter Glacier. These climbers will rest a full day at Sherman, then get up at midnight to start the summit climb. Note the ski tracks around the climbers and to the right. There are some hard core backcountry skiers in the Northwest.
This is why glacier climbing is so dangerous. These crevasses are hundreds of feet long, who knows how deep, and as you can see some of the snow bridges that render them invisible are still remaining here in late July. This is Winthrop Glacier from Third Burroughs Summit.
We’ve got one more hike to do here, to Summerland, before we leave Mount Rainier National Park and end our westward journey.