Backpack the Summerland Trail

Washington Summerland Trail

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Summerland is a beautiful trail that is easy to hike and explore. There are pently of areas to stop and have a picnic or just enjoy the view of Mount Rainier and Little Tohoma Peak. After setting up base camp here you can explore the Wonderland Trail .

The Summerland trail is by far the easiest trail that I ever experienced. The trail is well maintained and for the first 3 miles you are surrounded by trees and the sound of waterfalls and rivers, and it's green everywhere. The last 1.3 miles, you encounter switchbacks and you can get some views of the peak of Mount Rainier on the way up.

There's plenty of wildlife in close proximity to the trail; we saw a herd of Mountain Goats on the other side of the mountain and I came across a Doe Deer followed by a Buck Deer.

Things to Keep in Mind:
  • You have to get a permit to overnight camp here and the Rangers on the trail daily.
  • You will have to pay for a parking permit too. $12, but it is covered for one week.
  • Free of charge, they will go over the rules on the mountain and what to expect. Do not pack a Bear Can. They provide Bear Hangs at the campsites.
Driving Directions

From Enumclaw, take Highway 410 east 43 miles to the White River Entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park. Veer right on Sunride Road, follow this 4 miles to the trailhead near Fryingpan Creek. Co-ordinates: 46.8938, -121.5792

Pack List

  • REI Passenger 2 Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • 4 change of clothes, leave 1 in the car for when you're done
  • Trail Mix
  • Mountain House Meals
  • Beef Jerky
  • Water Filter ( I was going thru 140oz a day)
  • Garmin GPS to track my miles
  • Sunglasses so I didn't get sun blinded in the snow
  • Head Lamps for night pics
  • Have plenty of room on your camera to take amazing pics
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

8.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1950 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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9 months ago

Easy Trail with Plenty of Alpine Views

The gentle, steady slope of this trail makes for a great weekend get away. Four and a half miles in, you will come to a shelter and a nearby toilet. Very peaceful and full of color. This overnight would be a great way to get someone into backpacking. For a bit of extra adventure, take a short hike up to Meany Crest and set up camp there. It is just before the Frying Pan Glacier. The sunset views are amazing.

9 months ago

Added by Warren Behymer

Sharing my weekend adventures in the mountains from Washington State. 

 Hiking, mountain running, camping and backpacking.

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