Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Buckley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
18 hours ago

A good hike. Pretty busy on the trail. The bridge is in, so the trail is open the whole way.

on Suntop Trail

hiking
21 hours ago

Long hike and a great workout. However you don’t really see much as you are hiking through the woods the whole time. Next time I would just drive up for the view and do a different hike.

hiking
4 days ago

I hiked the Summit Lake trail today: 5/13. I was the only one on the trail. Below Summit Lake, there is still some snow covering the trail but it is easy to follow the trail up to the lake. Hiking boots are sufficient. Summit Lake is iced over and the last 0.5 mike of the trail is completely covered in snow. After post-holing about a dozen times, I turned back about 800 yards from the top. If you are going beyond the Southeast side of Summit Lake, I recommend taking snow shoes. It was also snowing/sleeting pretty heavy above Summit Lake which didn’t help with following the trail. As for the road, it does suck but the first 100 yards is the worst by far. A stock Grand Cherokee had no problem at all with clearance. If you don’t bottom out right after the bridge; you’ll be fine. The road actually improves as you ascending.

Pretty flat trail for the most part. Trail features 2 waterfalls which is nice, walk along some rushing water during some of the hike. Wish you could get closer to the falls, we tried but could only see from a little bit of a distance. Would do this hike again.

You can drive up towards the peak and have a shorter hike or start at the bottom. The trailhead from the bottom is near some camp sights across from the air strip, off the gravel road.

Its marked 8.3 miles at the trailhead to the top, so around 16.5 total. Lots of elevation gain on a very well kept trail. Only saw a couple of mountain bikers on the way down. Partly cloudy day but good visibility at the top. Will do again someday.

We just moved to Washington, and our home goods are still being shipped here so we chose an easier trail that didn’t require much beyond our tennis shoes and workout clothes. We got there at around 9:30, and it was very quiet.
There was an increase in hikers when we were almost back to the parking lot, and there was very little parking there at about 11:30.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who wants to get out and do a hike that won’t take up your whole day.
The falls were gorgeous, but I wouldn’t recommend the last scramble to families with little ones or anyone who can’t do a steep climb on rocks.
However, the whole trail until then was so beautiful and I loved the river views and clear forest streams.
Don’t let rain or an early rise stop you from getting out!

hiking
13 days ago

The road is snow free to the parking lot. The trail is partially snow covered starting at the first lake, but is passible using just hiking boots. Summit lake is still frozen. The road is rough as many have described, recommend a high clearance vehicle.

Parked and walked to the Islup campground. The signs say 4 miles but more like 5 miles. Very flat and easy. once past the campground, the trail was great and nice views. About 2.5 miles in, the trail was washed out. we did quite a bit of scrambling but after a quarter of a mile, decided it wasn't getting any better. It appears that the trail was completely destroyed by a lot of different slides. I was bummed. I had done this hike 25 years ago and I remember it being fantastic. Hope that the trail can be repaired some day.

hiking
20 days ago

Overall, it's a great hike. I've done it numerous times as a first backpacking lake to get the year started off right. Unfortunately, I misjudged the weather and couldn't make it to the lake via the regular trail simply because I couldn't find it through all the snow about a .5 mile from the lake. The road getting here was horrible (as usual) so just take your time. Huge potholes and ruts nearly the entire way to the 'T' for Coplay and Summit Lake so vehicles with higher clearance only. I'll try this again at the end of June to see if the snow has melted out.

on Skookum Flats Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it. Worth the effort to climb the rock scramble to see the waterfall.

Still to much snow to drive any further than Coplay lake.

hiking
1 month ago

went late April. had to park 3miles from trailhead. after post holing between knee and waste depth for several hours we turned back. bring snowshoes probably for another few months. views on road were still nice

hiking
2 months ago

parked at the Buck Creek trail head. NW Forest Pass required. Trailhead clearly marked however it leads to you Ranger Creek Airstrip and then there's no direction. Turn right and walk down the road until you see a sign that says trail for hiking and biking. Snow and ice still on trail. we used microspikes no problem. Trail has recently been cleared of downed trees. if you don't want to climb (where the sign says falls) just go over the bridge and you can get a great view. next time I would take two cars and leave one at each end. beautiful trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Very icy. Very very icy. We ran into hikers on there way down and they informed us it was icy all the way up. We kept moving forward but we came to a point where it was just constant ice, we weren’t getting much traction and we weren’t getting very far... so we sadly turned back. We’ll try again in a couple of weeks. It has great potential but the ice was out of control.

backpacking
3 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Awesome views. Lots of wild berries. Over nighter with the place all to my self! Hiked years ago so late post. Just digging up old pics. August 2012

This was an amazing hike ! Had a little bit of everything you would want to see ... views of the river were so peaceful and the true reward was the falls

hiking
4 months ago

This is a perfect trail to get out on with family as it is an easier hike if you don't do the rock scramble! We went in January and there was a light dusting of snow and the falls were still flowing and looked quite magical. Lots of downed trees but trail is well maintained and most have been cleared from the trail. There are several small bridges to cross as well, the view of falls is through the low brush but you can rock scramble closer for better views. Trail head parking was clear but in the past few weeks it had been icy so be prepared with your vehicles in Winter.

this hike was kind of flat in some area. The falls were gorgeous to clim to.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is in great shape, and it's not that steep. It is also accessible during the winter. The doggie and I thoroughly enjoyed the hike.

Road is completely undriveable at this point in the year. Extremely rocky terrain, as you approach 3 miles out from the trail, it starts to get really snowy. We had to turn around and never got to the trailhead. I would avoid until the spring.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful today on the trail. Only saw a few others. Great parking with bathroom. Trail in great shape and only a couple muddy places.

hiking
7 months ago

My most favorite hike

hiking
7 months ago

Great day for the trail. there ares a couple missing signs but just stay right when the trail split at about the 3 mile mark. The falls where going strong. Only a couple of other people out on the trail.

hiking
8 months 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.

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
9 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!

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

hiking
9 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!

backpacking
9 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.

backpacking
10 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!

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