Summit Lake


Day Hike - Summit Lake

An in forest hike to a spectacular lake.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: easy but intentional

We will meet at the Mt. Rainier Carbon River Ranger Station at 8:30 AM, then caravan to the trailhead. We will travel on Forest Service dirt road with pot holes and close in branches. We will be traveling through an active logging area. A National Forest Service parking pass required for all vehicles.

The trail is rocky, and there likely will still be (consolidated) snow on the trail as we go into the Summit Lake Basin. We may be spend some time exploring the area around the lake.


Summit Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
  • Micro spikes
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