Summit Lake Trail

MODERATE 125 reviews

Summit Lake Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Buckley, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Enumclaw, drive west on State Highway 410 for 5.0 miles to the junction with State Highway 165 just west of Buckley. Continue for 10.5 miles to the junction of Carbon River Highway and Mowich Lake Highway. Turn left onto the Carbon River Highway and follow it 7.7 miles to Cayada Creek Road #7810. Cross the bridge over the river and continue 6.7 miles to end of road. The trailhead is at end of road #7810.

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21 days ago

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1 month ago

Frustratingly, we never got to the lake. About a mile in, at Twin Lake, the trail forks. There is no sign and the trail that turned out to be the one to Summit Lake appears closed with the bridge down and red caution tape around the trees. We took the trail to the right and climbed about a mile or so before hikers coming down told us we were headed to Bear Head summit. By then the less experienced hikers in our group didn't feel they could make it back down the way we had come plus continue to the lake so we had to cut our hike short.

It's a nice trail and we'll probably try again in the future.

2 months ago

I weny backpacking in labor day weekend. we went early in the mirnin, not a lot of people going up the trail yet. it was fairly easy to do with our backpacks. i lost my breath on some switch back, but not too bad. there wasn't a lot of people camping so we had no trouble choosing out spot. the view is gorgeous. we woke up early in the morning to go see the sunrise from the top of the summit. definitely a must!

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great hike. Nothing to strenuous but you can still work up a sweat if that's your goal. It is a MUST to continue around the lake! There are a couple of side trails that lead to some excellent views. I will be doing this hike many more times in the future!

2 months ago

Beautiful hike! It's a long way up and a good workout, definitely will take this hike again.

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2 months ago

Beautiful!! Like the other reviews, the last part of the route (road) getting there is tough). A very rough road. On Tuesday, the wildfire smoke was so bad we could not see Mt. Rainier which would have been largely present. Other than that, it was wonderful! We got there early around 8:30 and there were only 2-3 cars in the parking lot. We basically had the lake and trail to ourselves. We continued (right) around the lake up to the ledge for lunch. Be sure to do that! Amazing views! The wild blueberries and huckleberries are ripe and delicious. They were all over. The hike was not difficult and at a steady climb. Would do again!

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2 months ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this last weekend with our two dogs! not only were people on the trail extremely friendly, but the views were phenomenal! we stayed off of the trail the first night, and then stayed at the end one night. A direct view of Mt Rainier and some beautiful lakes, mountain ranges, sunrise/sunset & a city lit up at night. make the trip. do this hike.

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backpacking
3 months ago

This was my first backpacking trip! The road up is quite rocky, but luckily my car handled it well. I would feel very uncomfortable taking a small car up this road, though!

The trail was beautiful that day, and well maintained.
At the top, Summit Lake is beautiful and was sooo warm!

Unfortunately our over night trip was not so fun when the rain and wind picked up big time and we were not so prepared for rain - our bad! But other than that everything was great. Would love to go back!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike, well maintained. The 6 mile gravel road is very rough but fine if you go slow. We did the loop around the lake and loved the views! Will do again.

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3 months ago