Summit Lake


Backpack - Summit Lake

Backpack an easy 2.5 miles with 1100 feet gain to one of the prettiest lakes in Washington, where we will camp Saturday night, watch the sunset from the nearby summit viewpoint, and see a magnificent display of stars before bedtime (weather permitting).

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

Meet at 9 AM Saturday at the gravel parking lot next to the paved trail on the south side of SR 410 where it is joined by SR 165 in Buckley.  At this junction SR 410 bends from eastbound to northbound.

We can consolidate cars at the meeting place.  The drive from the meeting place to the trailhead will be less than an hour.  Summit Lake is a miniature version of Crater Lake in Oregon, because the lake sits near the summit of the mountain.  That provides both swimming and distant views near where we camp.  The hike in is mostly through a sheltering forest with views of some additional lakes along the route.  Summit Lake is close to Mt. Rainier, so with good weather, which is likely, we will have great views of Mt. Rainier from the viewpoint near our campsite during daylight.  The sunset should be spectacular and the star show after dark will be superior to anything seen in town.  Day hikers miss these latter experiences.  A Northwest Forest Pass must be displayed by each car at the trailhead.    


Summit Lake

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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