Summit Lake


Day Hike - Summit Lake

This is a pleasant hike on a good trail through old growth forest, passing picturesque Twin Lake, enroute to beautiful Summit Lake, Washington's miniature version of Oregon's Crater Lake, unique by having no visible inflow or outflow.

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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 on the south side of SR 410 where it bends north in Buckley.  It is next to the Foothills Trail and where SR 165 meets SR 410. 

We will consolidate cars at the meeting place and then caravan to the trailhead, stopping enroute to use the restrooms at the Carbon River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. The 7 mile drive from the Carbon River Park entrance to the trailhead is on a gravel Forest Service road requiring high clearance vehicles, like a Subaru Forester.  There is no restroom at the trailhead, but there is an outhouse at Summit Lake and there are restrooms at a park and restaurants near the meeting place.  If the weather cooperates, we can  swim in Summit Lake during our lunch stop there.  A Northwest Forest Pass, or equivalent, must be displayed by each car parked at the trailhead.  No parking pass is required at the meeting place parking lot.  After the hike we will have an optional refreshment stop at Wally's Drive In in Buckley. 


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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