Cramer Mountain Loop


Day Hike - Cramer Mountain Loop

Loop past seven magnificent lakes in the beautiful, and less crowded, William O. Douglas Wilderness, after the bug season is over, stopping for a swim, weather permitting, in picturesque Dumbbell Lake, with a short car shuttle minimizing elevation gain.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

Meet at 7 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station on Roosevelt Ave. (SR 410).

We can consolidate cars at the Enumclaw Ranger Station.  Cars left there do not require a parking pass.  Then we will caravan east on SR 410, stopping at Federation Forest State Park to use the restrooms, and continuing on SR 410, SR 123 and SR 12 to Dog Lake Campground (east of White Pass), where we will leave one car at the trailhead parking lot.  Then we drive in the remaining cars to the nearby  Leech Lake trailhead, where we begin our hike, heading north on the PCT.  On the hike we will make brief stops at Deer Lake, Sand Lake and Buesch Lake, before stopping for an extended lunch/swim break at Dumbbell Lake.  Then we continue the loop, with a brief stop at Cramer Lake enroute to the trailhead at Dog Lake, where the drivers get in the car parked there to drive back to Leech Lake to retrieve the other cars.  1.3 miles from the end of the hike there is a short stream crossing where the options are to walk across on a one foot diameter log or ford the shallow stream.  A Northwest Forest Pass or National Park Pass must be displayed by each car parked at the Leech Lake and Dog Lake trailheads.  Restrooms are located at both trailheads and at several intermediate points on the driving route, but not along the hiking route.  From Deer Lake to Cramer Lake we will be hiking mostly through picturesque alpine meadows.  The rest of the hike is mostly under a forest canopy.  The trail is in good condition.  This hike was designed to maximize the number of lakes visited, while minimizing the distance and elevation gain.  On the return drive there will be an optional dinner stop at the Naches Tavern in Greenwater, where a full dinner menu is available.


Cramer Mountain Loop

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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