CHS Alumni Hike - Summerland & Panhandle Gap

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series Alumni

CHS Alumni Hike - Summerland & Panhandle Gap

Phase 2i trip. Hike through dark forest to flower-filled alpine meadows to Summerland and then on to Panhandle Gap on the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park with views of Goat Mountain, Fryingpan Glacier, Little Tahoma and Mount Rainier.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,950 ft

Meet at the Summerland Trailhead at 7:45 AM.  The trailhead is 2.9 miles pass the White River Station park entrance on the left, just pass the bridge over Fryingpan Creek.  There is paved parking for 25 cars on the right and overflow parking is along either side of the rode.  There are rest rooms just past the Park entrance on the right, but there are none at the trailhead.

Carpooling is not recommended except for immediate family members.


  • This is a Phase 2 Trip
  • This trip is only open to those who frequently live locally (within 125 miles of the Summerland Trailhead).
  • This trip will be updated if County guidelines change in advance of the trip.
  • Agreeing to the Covid-19 Code of Conduct, hand sanitizer, and a face covering are required

Other Leader Notes:
There may be a stream crossing out of Summerland on the way to Panhandle Gap.  Please hiking wear waterproof hiking boots, and bring an extra pair of dry socks.  The trail from Summerland to Panhandle Gap currently has several snow patches to cross so traction devices (microspikes or diamond yaktrax) and hiking poles are required. 


Summerland & Panhandle Gap

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT - Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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