Summit Lake


Backpack - Summit Lake

Enjoy one of the best views of Mt. Rainier, a beautiful and unique lake with no visible inflow or outflow, nestled among alpine-flowered meadows, an opportunity for a refreshing swim, and a spectacular sunset, all on the same weekend backpack trip.

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  • Sat, Aug 19, 2017 — Sun, Aug 20, 2017
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

Meet at 9 AM at the skateboard park parking lot just north of the bend of SR 410 in Buckley.  Access to the parking lot is from the street east of and running parallel to SR 410.  Because parking is limited there, it is important to carpool as much as possible.

We will consolidate cars at the skateboard park and caravan from there to the trailhead, stopping enroute at the restrooms at the Carbon River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.  There is a portapotty at the skateboard park and there are restrooms at neaby Wally's Drive-in (to the north), but there is no restroom at the trailhead.  There is an outhouse at Summit Lake.  The seven mile Forest Service Road from SR 165 to the trailhead is in very rough condition, only suitable for high clearance vehicles, such as a Subaru Forester, so we will need to recruit enough drivers with such vehicles to get everyone to the trailhead.  If you turn out to be a rider, please compensate your drivers generously for this portion of  their drive.  All cars parked at the trailhead must display the Northwest Forest Pass or the equivalent.  No parking pass is required at the skateboard park.


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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