Summit Lake


Day Hike - Summit Lake

Gradually gain 1,200 feet over 2.5 miles on a good trail through old growth forest, past scenic Twin Lake, enroute to unique Summit Lake, nestled in an alpine meadow atop a mountain.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

Meet at 9 AM at the small gravel parking lot at the junction of SR 410 and SR 165, next to the Foothills Trail in Buckley.    

Summit Lake is Washington's miniature version of Crater Lake, sitting atop a mountain, with no visible inflow or outflow.  If the weather is good, we will have the opportunity to hike to a viewpoint above the lake for a magnificent view of Mt Rainier.   Each car must display the Northwest Forest Pass, or the equivalent, at the trailhead.


Summit Lake

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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