Moved to Tacoma recently and this is the best hike so far! Still absolutely gorgeous and so worth it, especially on a clear day. Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden. This trail goes by Catlin Lake and Jack Lake. It winds upward through a series of switchbacks. Although people say they didn’t need spikes, I really wish I took mine. The snow was just the cherry on top of a beautiful bluebird day! There is no privy or toilet at the parking lot but there is one up near the Summit lake basin. Road conditions was pretty bad. No toilet at the trailhead. Even in an AWD SUV, we got stuck in the snow about 2 miles out, adding 4 miles round trip to the journey. After a couple of miles of jeep ruts and rocks, watch for the Meek Lake Trail sign on the right at about 2.7 miles. I slipped twice and lost my balance multiple times. Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail. We ended up hiking a mile in. Summit Lake Trail (Mile 22.0 - 29.9) Leaving Summit Lake behind, descending gradually, the trail goes through rocky, grassy meadows and pine forest for the next eight miles. A short trail leads down to the lake, which lies beneath an unnamed 8,000 foot peak. Use trail reports to comment on trail conditions. Wasn’t able to hike all the way around the lake, but prepare for extra milage if you do! The short section from the bridge across Little Fishing Creek to the summit offers our most challenging hiking terrain. +/- 6,000 feet with a starting elevation of 3,760 feet and a peak elevation of 7,760 feet. You can also start the hike at Jack Lake Trailhead, however the road up to Jack Lake is long and rough, so even if you're coming from Bend or Sisters, it … BRING CHAINS! Summit Lake Loop Trail Festival. The trail skirts the westside and on top of some rock formation on the west shore of the lake. The trail was moderately muddy, but no ice or snow to speak of. Super windy & chilly at the top tho. Saturday, May 11, 2019 12-3 PM. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/summit-lake-trail--3 The road was rough, but not awful, as long as you're not in a sedan you'll be good (there were also sedans at the Trailhead, they probably just scraped in a few spots). If you’re up for more, the trail splits into a loop, winding around the lake and up to the top of Summit Lake Peak. Turn left onto the Carbon River Highway and follow it 7.7 miles to Cayada Creek Road #7810. Trail reports are used to indicate a trails current condition and inform builders and other riders about any issues on a trail. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Beautiful hike, not too difficult. The path immediately levels off and 13 acre Summit Lake comes into view. I always read about how bad it was but never knew it was six long miles. The temperature was around 36F when we arrived and continued to increase. Trail starts off very wet/muddy, then icy/snowy in other parts. This last 1.2 mile stretch is mostly flat but incredibly scenic, with Mount Shuksan ahead, Mount Baker behind, the Swift Creek and Rainbow valleys below, and even a glimpse of Baker Lake off in the distance. Mt. Cross the bridge over the river and continue 6.7 miles to end of road. The Summit Lake Campground is located 12 miles south of Manzanita Lake, 17.5 miles north of Southwest Entrance. No snow today but you can see where it has snowed previously. Head south crossing Summit Creek and Meek Lake in a short distance. Please bear in mind that earlier in the season, mosquitoes are abundant at nearly every lake on the Cluster Lakes Loop route. The intended direction a trail should be ridden. no reports have been added for Summit Lake Trail yet, add a trail report. Beautiful views, we saw Glacier, Baker, Stuart and Rainier (of course). Enumclaw, WA 98022 Saw 1 other person on the way up and 4 or 5 more groups of people coming up/going down as we went down. Submit one here. Plan to add 4 miles to your trip! Definitely lots of mud. The lake is strikingly blue, even on a cloudy day. Our Honda CRV was scraping the center so we pulled off 2 miles before the trailhead. Hours Daily: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. *Parking lot managed by the City of Akron; hours may vary. Totally worth it. Snowshoes recommended past Twin Lake. We came to the trailhead at 10 AM on Saturday with only half the parking lot full. Beautiful trail. Spikes are a must. ... Small Pacific Crest Trail Loop: 24.8 miles: Hike a segment of West Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. Wonderland Trail: Mowich Lake Campground to Ipsut Creek Campground, Ipsut Pass via Lakeshore and Wonderland Trail, Ipsut Creek Campground via Carbon River Trail, Mystic Lake via Carbon River and Wonderland Trails, Carbon Glacier, Mowich Lake, and Itsup Creek Loop Trail, Tolmie Peak, Alki Crest, and Florence Peak. (360) 825-6585. 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