Olancha Pass and Summit Meadow

HARD 5 reviews
#55 of 84 trails in

Olancha Pass and Summit Meadow is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lone Pine, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3792 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

Wonderfully well kept and empty trail.we used it to connect to a portion of PCT south to Kennedy meadows. Hard to find trail once you hit the summit, so keep a GPS. We lost the trail cuz we didn't go left where the trail must cross the stream at the summit. Lots of bear droppings.

backpacking
5 months ago

Since a large portion of the Sierras were still in heavy snow (as of late May, 2017), this was one of the few passes we could sink our teeth into for a quick weekend overnight.
We got a pretty early start to beat the heat, and got to around 8000' before 11am. Bugs were a bit of a nuisance, but other than that, this was a very pleasant hike!
Olancha made for great elevation practice, and there are some great camping spots once you clear the pass and get closer to Summit Lake. It's also quite nice that a lot of people overlook this trail; over Memorial Day weekend, we only ran into three other groups over the course of three days.
As a few websites have mentioned, there's a really nice Wrangler camp about 1.5 miles West of Olancha Pass - where a larger creek meets Summit Lake. It has a picnic table and fire pit, and other amenities. It not entirely clear who owns it, but consensus is that it is fair use so long as you respect the area.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

We went in early spring on a weekend and were the only people out on the trail. If you want solitude, this is it!
I definitely recommend taking a GPS with you out on this trail. Ranchers drive cattle through the area, and we had to stop several times to check we were going the right way.
We heard a bear up ahead of us, so turned around before we reached the pass. We'll definitely have to come back. Gorgeous views, lots of waterfalls, and the dog loved it too!

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2012

This is an awsome well maintained trail with awsome scenery it is strenous but once you get to Olancha Pass if you want to go further it pretty much levels out.