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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 and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.6 mi Elevation gain 3,546 ft Route type Out & Back

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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.

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Zach sexton
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No where to camp, the lake is pretty much a swamp filled with mosquitos. Def not worth the hike.

Chris Rigg
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Cm Lough
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Nice trail, use it preparing for a colorado hunt.

Jeremy Howard
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Backpacking

Nice hike through a giant redwood forest to begin with. The trail was pretty beat up by stock animals, so it was a bit uneven in spots. Summit lake was nice, but no real view from there. Fish weren’t biting, but it was pretty cold.

Melanie Alvarado
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Hiking

The first 2 hours are a bit monotonous. Once the views open up, it becomes amazing, and the lake is gorgeous. I wanted to go on to Maggie Lakes, but unfortunately some of the signs past Summit Lake aren't very clear and some of the trails aren't well maintained. I went in the wrong direction for a bit, then turned around and went to South Fork Meadow instead, which is also gorgeous.

Michael Fitzgerald
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Did this as a day trip. Beautiful, but you pay the price. The first 1.5 - 2 miles is down hill mostly. Then, it's up hill! There are some pretty strenuous sections unless you are pretty fit. End result is very nice. One problem .... because the up hill section caused you to work out, forgetting about the first 1.5-2 miles is easy. It wasn't until returning to that section that I remembered about it. I hated that last stretch. I was already breast, but had no choice. I slept well that day! There are 3 creek crossings. The first one would be pretty difficult in times of high water ... i.e. snow melt in the spring or shortly after a down pour. keep weather in mind. One good thing ... water was plentiful, so didn't need to pack a lot.

Zack Paris
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Moderate inclines for the first 5 miles out as the trail generally follows the river, and then kicks up for 3 steeper miles as you climb to Summit Lake. Round trip was completed in 1 day, about 5hrs on the trail. Went later in the season (Sept 2017), just as the higher elevations got their first dusting of snow. Mid 30s at night at the lower elevation (met a hunter on the trail that claimed it got down to 20 up at the lake). 40s for most of the hike. Wish that I had more time to spend at the lake and exploring towards Maggie Lakes. Would absolutely recommend the hike, and it seemed like a great place to camp if you time it right.

Tyler Manning
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Backpacking

This is a great trip through the giant sequoias but you'll pay for it. The hike is very steep and has stream/river crossings so be prepared

Candace Anderson
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Backpacking

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.

Eli Youssefi
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Glenn Gregory
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daniel garrison
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daniel garrison
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Micah J. Martin
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Ricky Meraz
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Ricky Meraz
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Sarah Lloyd
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