Backpack - Summerland


Backpack - Summerland

Easy overnight to beautiful Summerland, with a chance of being there during the spring bloom.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft

Tentative: Frying Pan Trailhead at 8:00am.

This trip has been cancelled because it is unlikely that the Summerland area will be open for camping by the trip date.


Summerland is one of the more beautiful short-hike destinations at Rainier NP, especially when the spring wildflowers are blooming.  Though it's impossible to predict when the peak bloom will occur on any given year, it often happens during late June so we'll give it a shot.  And by going midweek (Mon-Tue) we should avoid the peak crowds, making it likely that we'll have the luxury of having this beautiful spot largely to ourselves in the evening and morning. 

The objective of this trip is to get outside for an easy overnight trip (finally!) and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and each other's company.  Most of us are somewhat out of shape after the last few months of the Stay At Home order, including the trip leader, so we will not pretend otherwise: we're going to be a little slower than usual!  Our overnight spot at the Summerland group site is reserved, so no rush.  However, even at a slower pace the trail to Summerland still climbs over 2000', so please be sure you are in good enough condition to do that amount of gain while carrying an overnight back. 

Participants must have previous backpacking experience.  Though this trip presents no unusual challenges, it is not a trip for beginners.

Note that this trip likely happen during Phase 2 of the WA Reopening Plan.  It is conditional upon the following:

  1. Washington must have entered Phase 2 of the reopening plan.
  2. Rainier National Park must have reopened to backcountry camping.

Mountaineers guidance allows backpacking trips during Phase 2 but with a lot of restrictions, so please set your expectations that some aspects of this trip may be different than what you're used to.   Though the specifics are not yet finalized, be prepared to bring and use masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves.  We'll also need to keep some distance from each other, both on the trail and in camp.  Our reservation at the group site will help.


Summerland & Panhandle Gap

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Your usual backpacking kit, including ten essentials, plus:

  • Facemask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gloves
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