CHS - Mt. Rainier Campout - Summerland & Panhandle Gap

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS - Mt. Rainier Campout - Summerland & Panhandle Gap

CHS Mt. Rainier Campout Weekend. Enjoy hiking through alpine meadows to Summerland named by avid climber and explorer E.S. Ingraham. Then continue climbing up to Panhandle Gap for more breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.76 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,905 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

We will meet during breakfast to assemble carpools and leave the Ohanapecosh Campground at 7:00am. It will take about 45 minutes to get to the Fryingpan trailhead. We should be on the trail around 8:15am. Volunteer drivers will need an American the Beautiful Pass or purchase a day pass.

There will be a stream crossing from Summerland to Panhandle Gap. Please bring your poles and an extra dry pair of socks. If you have a pair of water shoes, please add them to your backpack. At Panhandle Gap there is usually snow to cross, if you have microspikes, bring those too!


Summerland & Panhandle Gap

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)

Please bring hiking poles.

Watershoes would be helpful for the stream crossing and microspikes for the potential snow at Panhandle Gap.

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