Summit Lake Loop

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Summit Lake Loop is a 13.6 mile out and back trail located near Springville, California that features a lake. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3789 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

Walk through the Long Meadow Giant Sequoia Grove, follow up the headwaters of the Tule River, cross through meadows, and eventually make the hard uphill climb to Summit Lake.

backpacking
2 months ago

On a recommendation we chose this as our very first backpacking trip. It was MUCH harder than we had expected and I would not recommend this trail for beginners. We spent only one night and despite the difficulty of the trail (mostly the last stretch) it was a great trip. Beautiful lake, nice camping area and lots of wildflowers along the way. We took this trip in August 2014.