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Summerland Trail

MODERATE 228 reviews
#10 of 130 trails in

Summerland Trail is a 8.2 mile out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,152 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

no dogs

From Seattle, east on I-90, south on I-405 and then south on Highway 169 to Enumclaw. In Enumclaw, south on Highway 410. 36.2 miles past mile marker 26 turn right on Sunrise Rd for 4.3 miles to parking area on right just after Fryingpan Creek. Parking is on either side of the road, the trailhead is on the left (southwest) side near the bridge.

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous yesterday. Rain held off, only a few people on the trail. Clocked in at 10miles, not 8 on the activity tracker but may have been off for steps. Very gradual incline, well marked/developed path, took our time and enjoyed the view all the way. A few streams along the way to fill water bottles if you have a purifier.

hiking
5 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. Don’t forget to take a camera. Wild flowers, squirrels and small streams, just the best. I’d definitely do it again and would camp this time.

hiking
11 days ago

Really enjoyed our hike. Great views of Rainer and good mix of sun and shade today.

hiking
12 days ago

Spectacular.

hiking
14 days ago

One of my Favorite Trails in The Park very Spectacular Views it starts with very Dense Thick Forests with mushrooms on the floor and Trees then you pass by 3 Waterfalls And Cascades with Wildflowers And Meadows And Alpine Views Of Mount Rainier And The nearby Glaciers it’s Always sunny like Summerland.

hiking
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

I went with some friends, and had a blast. It’s a beautiful hike with some breath taking views. The trail starts off in the forest, and has some beautiful waterfall overlooks before getting to the hardest part (for me) which was all the switchbacks up the side of the mountain before getting to the field. I recommend taking lots of water, and take breaks as needed. Once we got to the Summerland field, we saw lots of chipmunks, a hand full of pika, and a couple marmot. We decided to hike the extra mile or so down the trail to the pond and it was absolutely worth it. All in all, a well maintained trail, with beautiful views and plenty of wildlife. I definitely recommend this trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Great way to start off our honeymoon! We were married at Twin Firs Loop in Mt Rainier National Park. This was our first hike of our Washington honeymoon. It truly is the best way to experience so much of what Mt. Rainier and Washington state have to offer. We originally planned to camp out in the meadows, but we didn’t get the permit. We got glacier basin instead but we decided to day hike this instead. You go through multiple terrains. Mostly forest to start (like E.T. Land). Then you encounter a overlook to a fast river/small water fall. Cool photo area. Keep going and you will cross rivers over tree bridges, bushes of wild flowers, fields of flowers with a flowing river to your right and cliffs and tall evergreens to your left, cute staircases to climb up (cute but painful). Most incredible sights if it’s your first pnw hike. Finally coming to the hardest part, switchbacks all the way up the side of the mountain to get to the beautiful meadows and camp sites. This part will get you even if you are in good shape, but especially if you are not from somewhere used to living with some kind of elevation. The elevation really got to my husband, but water helps, so lots of water and take breaks!!! It’s only about 15-20 mins of pain, it really goes by fast. Great sized switchbacks make it easier. Was a cool and sunny day. Temps ranged from 70 to start to 55 to end, But never felt cold and sweat a lot. We started the hike late and night hiked part of the way back down, which was a lot of fun. We had headlamps of course. Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
18 days ago

hiked this on 8/30/19. got the last spot in the parking lot at 9am. light traffic as we only saw a handful of other groups of people. incline is moderate and really not bad at all. beautiful hike & the clouds dispersed as soon as we reached the campground to give us a good view of the mountain to make it all worth it. lots of small wildlife near the campground as well.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful hike. I highly recommend going to Panhandle gap, it's not much further and the scenery is amazing, with beautiful waterfalls and a small lake. We saw a herd of mountain goats at the gap and pikas in the talus along the way. The trail was in good shape with only one small patch of snow.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great day hike. Started early on a Saturday, at 8am the parking was full. My group and I were confused between this site and WTA- we did not do the panhandle gap and it was about 2000 elevation and a little over 8 miles round trip. Very beautiful on the way up, shaded most of the way. The last half mile was killer switchbacks but so worth it when you got to the top. Would do again but on a weekday.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Visited on Sunday 8/4. The first 3 miles is within the woods with shade, the last mile to the campground is exposed more under the sun. After that it’s best to go further to the Panhandle Gap; it’s totally worthy it. The view changes from mountain side view to exposed rock view with snow more. On the way, you will see an emerald green lake. When reaching to the gap, there will have panoramic view of mountain line and Mt Adams in the far distance. Total 12.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike although no view of rainier as it was hidden in the clouds

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail- goes from deep woods to wildflowers to a large valley that looks like its out of a fairytale almost. Starts out moderate and gets steeper at the end. There is no glacial lake on this trail specifically- you'd have to hike more to get to that. Took about 4-5 hours round trip. Did it on a somewhat rainy/misty day and was still beautiful but the views of Rainier were a bit clouded.

hiking
1 month ago

Super hike to Summerland and then up over the snow to a mountain ridge line. Lots of flowers, snow melting, small lakes, lots of marmots and beautiful views. Do this on a weekday. this is a very very popular hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing! Most beautiful views and scenery. Wildflowers everywhere, beautiful creeks and marmots! Love this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my top favorites. Not too difficult and it’s nearly all downhill on the way back. No bugs.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this yesterday and the wildflowers were wonderful. The elevation gain on this hike is loaded toward the end after getting above the treeline. It was well worth the effort. Beautiful forest, a river, flowers, and mountains. What's not to like?

hiking
2 months ago

I thought this was a great hike despite it being pretty foggy and not getting to see most of the major views! As other reviews mention, it was fairly gradual until the last .25 mile where the switchbacks got a bit steep. The trail opens up to a big meadow and I was really surprised to see a toilet and some sheltered spaces to eat and dry off (it was a bit misty the day we went). From the clearing you can keep hiking up and it’s a totally different landscape-you’re above the tree line so it’s very open, rocky and there was still a decent amount of snow. We kept going a bit probably adding an addition 2-3 miles round trip, but didn’t travel all the way. Including the roughly 45 minutes we stopped to eat lunch, the hike took us about 5 hours round trip. With the additions after the meadow our round trip distance was about 12 miles (according to our Fitbits). We didn’t have any issues with parking and the trail was fairly empty. We parked at 9:30am and the designated spots were full but right up the road there was tons of space to pull over and park on the shoulder.

hiking
2 months ago

Almost totally snow free to the camp.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

***Trail almost clear ro Summerland Shelter. Few snow drifts require caution but present no major challenge *** We started at 7.30am, with TH parking 1/2 full. sky was clear with distant clouds piling, but good views of the mountain. Trail is broad and easy with steady gradient in old growth forest, till the river crossing on a log bridge. After the crossing we found 5 per cent snow cover, mainly in gullies. Ascending to the Summerland Shelter through the switchbacks required crossing slushy, and sometimes slippery drifts of snow, for which poles and good tread was appreciated. it is not exposed but a fall could lead to a nasty gully slide. Crossing up is easy, but down required extra care in sneakers (not me). No snow issues on trail other than these gullies (6 in total). There were gorgeous up and down valley views after clearing the river. We headed slightly past the shelter towards Panhandle, just to enjoy marmots and views. it is well worth at least an additional .25 mile. Up there the trail was clear above the snow, but a few skiers were still hiking up seeking a run. We enjoyed spring flowers, numerous chipmunks and birds and great views up to "K" Spire. We clocked 9.5 miles round trip. Amazing hike. Where were the people? We saw only 18 ppl on trail in and out. returned to the car at 12.45 for approx 5 hours up and back.

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snow
3 months ago

The trail has the last stretch (about 0.3 miles) completely covered by snow and trail finding is difficult. Some people go off trail postholing but we head back there because it is pretty close to the end of the trail. The view is great but could be better if we made the way further up.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Great hike and would recommend. We were about 5 hours round trip with taking photos and all the stops/breaks. We went all the way to Summerland Camp. It was rough climbing the slope with the snow and the path does go off trail. We thought it would be harder going back down due to the snowy steep slope but was easier than going up. After getting to the camp we were using the AllTrail app and trying to go back down the Wonderland/Summerland Trail as marked but it was too dangerous. So stick with the stream valley you came up. I think I will come back when the snow is further melted and explore a bit more.

hiking
3 months ago

There wasn’t much snow and the trail was terrific! There was supposed to be a lookout but we didn’t make it that far☹️. We went about 4miles total and the trail is over 8

hiking
off trail
snow
3 months ago

Trail is 90% clear up. Once you pass frying pan creek the snow starts getting deep. Finding the switchbacks will be tough since the trail is completely covered in about 2 feet of snow. We ended up not following the switchbacks and rather climbed straight up the slope near the tree line. Would not suggest this method nor the switchbacks. Realized the better & safer route would be to go up the makeshift trail farther to the west. Its the route climbers are using on their way to Little Tahoma. (You can refer to my recording, we went up through the switchbacks but came down the alternate route). Once you make it up that slope and things flatten out, simply head south east to Summerland Camp. Trekking this way will be a lot easier and safer.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

We did this trail on 6/10/19. Started at around 10:30 and ended at 16:15. We also did about a mile up the Wonderland trail to try to see and the pond at the top (completely covered in snow). Once you get just below Summer Land camp, you will come to a very steep snowy hike. Poles would have been better but we did it in just boots. Highly recommend you do this with an iPhone and this map downloaded in the app so you can make sure you’re on the trail. Great scenery, waterfalls and streams, and good views of Mt. Rainier. If you want to do Wonderland, give it a month or so to let the snow melt so you can actually see the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

We felt like we got a little bit of everything on this hike! A lush forest, river, creek crossings, meadows, and of course mountains! We also ventured the extra mile to Pan Handle Gap, where there was a beautiful little glacier lake/pond. I would call this trail moderate as the uphill through the woods was fairly gradual, and there were only a few switchbacks. There were also way fewer hikers on the trail, and most were Wonderland Thru Hikers. Went over Labor Day weekend 2018.

9 months ago

beautiful!!

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