Cramer Mountain Loop


Backpack - Dumbbell Lake

Explore the most beautiful area of the nearby William O. Douglas Wilderness on one of the less crowded South Cascades trails, camping two nights at a magnificent lake with spectacular views from all of the multiple large campsites available there. Sunday there will be an optional loop day hike by numerous alpine lakes and meadows and on a section of the PCT where we pass numerous through hikers with interesting stories to tell. This is a close to home version of Indian Heaven.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 950 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 8 AM Saturday at the Dog Lake trailhead, located within Dog Lake Campground.  It is reached from SR 12 by turning left a mile past White Pass.  From Enumclaw, the fastest driving route is east on SR 410, right at Cayuse Pass onto SR 123 and left at the T junction onto SR 12.  Each car parked at the trailhead must display a Northwest Forest Pass or National Park Pass.  There are two restrooms near the trailhead.

The hiking route is in good condition.  The first 1.3 miles are mostly level.  At that point there is a short detour to a log crossing over North Fork Creek, due to a washed out footbridge.  The stream is shallow enough to wade across with high top boots without getting wet feet.  Most of the elevation gain occurs over the next mile on a steady grade passing a viewpoint overlooking Dog Lake.  The last two miles are mostly level.

After we set up camp on Saturday, we'll have a trail lunch and then have time to swim in the crystal clear, warm water of Dumbbell Lake, before our camp dinner followed by smores around the campfire, if campfires are permitted.

On  Sunday there will be an optional 5.1 mile loop hike with 200 feet gain by multiple alpine lakes and meadows, with a possible swim at one of the lakes where we stop for our trail lunch. After returning to camp, there will be another opportunity for a swim in Dumbbell Lake before our camp dinner and another round of smores around the campfire.  Monday we have a camp breakfast,  pack up camp and then hike out by the same route we hiked in.

On the drive home there is the option of a meal stop in Greenwater or Enumclaw.

This  is an opportunity you do not want to miss.


On the drive home, there will be the option of a meal stop in Greenwater or Enumclaw. 


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
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