Summit Lake

An easy to moderate hike of 5 miles with 1,200 feet of elevation gain south of Enumclaw and in the Carbon River Area of Mountain Rainier National Park.

driving directions

From SR 165 turn left onto the Carbon River Road. Just before the entrance of Mount Rainier National Park, turn left  on Forest Road 7810. Cross the bridge over Carbon River and follow the main road, which parallels the river, all the way to its end (4,400 ft).

on the trail


  • Guidebook: Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region, 1st ed. by Dan A. Nelson (Mountaineers Books 2007).
  • If you're looking for more, consider hiking Bearhead Mountain, reached from a right turn at the trail junction at Twin Lake.

FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail.

  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • 5,400 ft
  • Green Trails Enumclaw No. 237

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Summit Lake

Day Hiking Trip
Preference to Olympia Branch Conditioning Hiking Series. Trip may be opened to general membership at
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 21
Olympia Branch

Backpack - Summit Lake

Backpacking Trip
Experience a beautiful alpine lake, alpine meadows, a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier and an
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Aug 11, 2018 - Sun, Aug 12, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jul 23
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Summit Lake

Day Hiking Trip
This is a pleasant hike on a good trail through old growth forest, passing picturesque
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Tue, Aug 21, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Aug 6
Tacoma Branch
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