Backpack - Summit Lake


Backpack - Summit Lake

A beautiful hike with low effort, and big views! I encourage B3 course students to sign up!

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2.0

Meet Saturday morning in Enumclaw at a parking lot yet to be determined.

7:00 AM




This is a great hike that requires low effort, and taken at a casual pace.

The hike will include the first stop at Summit Lake. A big lake offering places to sit, gather water, and enjoy some down-time. From there, we will head up the ridge line that will add a bit more elevation, but it's short, so I'd estimate another 500 feet of elevation to find a good place to set up camp. After dinner, we could head up to Summit Lake Peak and take in Rainier in all of  her glory and 360 views of area. A stunning sight for sure!

BE AWARE: the forest service road leading to the lake is really, really rough. High clearance vehicles are required to make this. Estimate about 35-40 minutes just to navigate to the trailhead once off the pavement. I've seen a sedan or two, but you risk hitting rocks and ruts for sure.




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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