Summerland & Panhandle Gap


Day Hike - Summerland & Panhandle Gap

Scenic hike to explore Summerland and the Panhandle Gap of Mount Rainier National Park!

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,950 ft

Please show up at the trailhead by 7:15am to be ready to go by 7:30am. Per the Mountaineers, carpooling with non-household members is not recommended.

Follow Highway 410 about 36 miles south of Enumclaw and pass under the arch that marks the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. Continue on about four miles and take the White River Canyon road going toward Sunrise. The park entrance station is just over a mile up the road.

There is a public restroom facility in another 0.1 mile, behind the bulletin boards on the right side of the road. There are no facilities at the trailhead. Continue on another 2.9 miles.

The trailhead parking area comes up quickly, just beyond the bridge over Fryingpan Creek. There is room for about 25 cars to park on the right in painted slots, and room for a few more along the shoulder on the left where the beginning of the trail to Summerland will be obvious.

This will be a conversational-paced hike for those with a decent fitness base. The scenery is stunning, but the terrain will be somewhat challenging, so its best to be an experienced hiker. Photography encouraged but please be quick and efficient. This will be an all day hike, but hopefully we will have time to stop for ice cream on the way home. An email will go out to participants the evening before the hike.

More info about the hike here:


Summerland & Panhandle Gap

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
  11. Trekking Poles
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