Cramer Mountain Loop


Day Hike - Dumbbell Lake

Explore the most beautiful area of the William O. Douglas Wilderness on one of the less crowded south Cascades trails, stopping for lunch and a possible swim at picturesque Dumbbell Lake, before returning by the same route.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9 AM at the Dog Lake Campground trailhead parking lot on the north side of SR 12 about a mile east of White Pass, reached from Enumclaw by heading east on SR 410, turning right onto SR 123 at Cayuse Pass and then left onto SR 12.

There is only room for about six cars to park at the Dog Lake trailhead.  Cars not finding parking space there will need to park along the highway and their drivers shuttled back to the trailhead.  So it will be important to have as few cars as possible arriving at the trailhead.

The hike in is mostly level for the first 1.3 miles.  There is a short detour there to a log crossing of a creek, with a shallow ford as an alternative, due to the washout of a footbridge.  Hikers choosing to do the ford will be allowed time to adjust footwear, if they need to.  Following the creek crossing the route makes a steady gain for about two miles, then dropping slightly to Cramer Lake, where we'll have a rest stop.  The last mile to Dumbbell Lake is mostly level and passes through alpine meadows.

At Dumbbell Lake we'll stop for lunch and a swim, if the weather permits.  The hike back will be on the same route.

On the drive back, we have the option to stop for refreshments in Greenwater at either the Naches Tavern or Wapiti Woolies.




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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