Cramer Mountain Loop


Backpack - Cramer Lake

Explore the beautiful and less visited William O. Douglas Wilderness on a forested trail leading to magnificent Cramer Lake, where we camp Saturday night, taking an optional easy, day hike to nearby Dumbbell Lake on Saturday afternoon, after we set up camp, and hiking out on Sunday on the same route we hiked in.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Sat, Aug 12, 2017 — Sun, Aug 13, 2017
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Meet at 8 AM Saturday at the Enumclaw Ranger Station.

We will consolidate cars at the Enumclaw Ranger Station and caravan from there to the Dog Lake trailhead parking lot, where limited parking is available.  Cars without room to park there can park along SR 12 at nearby White Pass and their riders shuttled back to the trailhead by other cars.  Cars parked at the trailhead must display the Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent.  No parking pass is required at the Enumclaw Ranger Station.  Restrooms are available at the Enumclaw Ranger Station, at the trailhead parking lot and at several places along the driving route between the two, but not along the hiking route.  At the 1.3 mile point of the hike in, there is a stream crossing where the options are to walk across a narrow log or ford a shallow place in the stream.   On two prior hikes on this trail, no one had trouble with this crossing.  Most crossed on the log.  A few chose to ford the stream.  On our hike we will allow time for everyone to cross by their preferred method.  Each time I did this hike, on weekdays in the summer of 2015, there was no one else on the trail or at the lake.  Presumably there would be more activity on a weekend, but it seems that this area is less crowded than the more popular Snoqualmie Pass and Chinook Pass areas, although it is just as scenic.


Cramer Mountain Loop

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
Trip Reports