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Summit Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carbonado, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 1,443 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Snow

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As of May 2020, the road leading to the trailhead is closed 10 miles from the trailhead due to road repair. Beautiful hike, not too difficult. Tons of camping spots, including one that overlooks the lake up top. The lake is strikingly blue, even on a cloudy day. The road leading to the trailhead is very rocky. 4WD and good ground clearance is recommended.

Northwest Forest Pass required. No toilet at the trailhead.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Snoqualmie Ranger District Enumclaw Office 450 Roosevelt Ave. E. Enumclaw, WA 98022 (360) 825-6585

A vehicle with high ground clearance and 4WD is highly recommended to reach this trailhead.

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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Kamille Martinez
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HikingRockySnow

july 1- went sledding aka bring microspikes and hiking poles. rough road leading to trailhead. need high clearance, jeep recommended. summit lake is still frozen. snow for last mile of hike. bring gloves and a winter hat

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Ashley Chmura
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Thomas Chmura
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HikingMuddySnow

Fun hike, snow during the last part made me happy we brought our crampons with us. Having a GPS of the trail route helped too. The road up is no joke though, you might need AWD and some ground clearance.

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Eric Dowd
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IcyOff trailSnow

There was no snow on the road leading to the trailhead. There was snow covering the trail for about the last 3/4 mile it seemed. You can't see the dirt trail but you are able to follow the foot tracks in the snow which leads you to the lake which is STILL covered with snow. My plans of jumping in the lake didn't happen but I did jump into the first lower lake on the way back! Super refreshing!

Christopher Walker
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BackpackingIcySnow

The road up is now snow free, but is quite rocky. logging operations are active on FR7820 during M-F, so expect large trucks to come barreling around corners (we experienced a couple near misses on our way down). the route up is mostly snow free to Twin Lake, with some patchy snow near the lake. the last mile is still quite snowy. We had to use navigation several times to find our way, as the boot path disappears in several places. Traction and poles recommended at a minimum. The lake itself is iced over, but still great views all around. Several campsites are snow-free near the lake.

Maria Nguyen
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HikingFloodedMuddySnow

I’m sure this hike is great but our Subaru and someone else’s truck got stuck in the snow right before the trailhead! It took us hours to dig out so we would suggest not trying to go over and just park a mile before the actual trail head.

Kristin Peixotto
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HikingFloodedMuddySnow

Great trail but very wet and snowy. Also long rocky road. I look forward to do this hike again in August.

Katie Dixon
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

The road up to the trailhead is not for small vehicles. I took my Outback up there and I wouldn’t go any smaller than that, you need the clearance. The road is also used for logging and is pretty torn up and muddy in places. Had to park about 1.5 miles away from trailhead because the snow was too deep. I’m betting the snow won’t be gone until end of June. It was about waist deep in the “parking lot” at the trailhead. The trail is pretty impossible to follow, you have to download the map. No service from the time you get off the paved road all the way through the trail. The trail is covered in about knee deep snow (you’re definitely getting wet feet). The walk up to the trailhead was pretty nice, you get to look down on other lakes around you. The little bridge over the river was really cute too. I would also be prepared for bears and mountain lions since we saw a lot of fresh tracks and scat.

Mary B.
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HikingIcySnow

It’s hard to judge the trail itself right now. The road 2 miles up to the trail head was snowed out. We trekked it and attempted the trail but had to turn back after about 1 mile due to the path becoming too slick from 2-3 feet of frozen snow at a 45 degree angle. We’ll wait a month or so to try again to allow the snow to melt.

Kim T.
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

5/23/2020 road to trailhead is now open but it’s still covered in snow. Had to park the car off the side of the road and walk an extra 1.7 miles just to get to the trailhead. Difficult to see and follow trail due to the snow.

Ron Arbel
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Beautiful area, the path was definitely impossible to see and covered in snow. We used the app to navigate, and honestly, had a great time. Just get ready to get wet feet!

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