Summerland Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Distance4.4mi
Elevation Gain2,627ft
Trailhead Elevation3,815ft
Top5,999ft
Elevation Min/Max3815/5999ft
Elevation Start/End3815/3815ft

Summerland Trail

Summerland Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 3,815 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,627 feet. The Summerland Trail information and the Fryingpan Creek Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. The trail ends near the Camp Summerland camp site. This trail connects with the following: Wonderland Trail.

Summerland Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Extremely popular, this moderate day hike takes you to one of the most spectacular subalpine and alpine regions within the park. The intense popularity of this trail and its small parking area mean you need to get up early to grab a spot, park along the road, or choose another hike.

Heading south from Fryingpan trailhead, the trail climbs gradually to moderately through woods. The path heads straight, with only a gradual incline for the first 1.5 miles. The trail then steepens and starts to switchback.The southernmost end of two long switchbacks provides a good look at Fryingpan Creek below."

"A sense of remoteness, 2,000-foot runs, and better-than-average weather characterize the Summerland tour. Ice axes and crampons are suggested for this tour. For all tours in Mount Rainier National Park, call (360)569-2211 for weather and road information. Permit and fee requirements include a vehicle/tourist entry fee, backcountry permit/campsite reservations for overnight stays, and summit fees for skiing above stated elevations.

The Code of Federal Regulations forbids solo (unroped) travel on glaciers. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel above Summerland; routefinding required; permit / fee area."

"Possibly the best day hike in Mount Rainier National Park, this section of the Wonderland Trail from Fryingpan Creek to Summerland and Panhandle Gap traverses a huge variety of terrain and ecosystems. It starts deep in an old-growth forest next to a roaring creek but soon leaves the dense forest behind in exchange for meadows and wildflowers. Panhandle Gap, the highest point on the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier, is in a world of rock and ice."

Summerland Trail Reviews

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8/27/2008
A lot of bang for the buck! The first 3/4 of the hike to summerland is fairly easy! The last mile or so is fairly difficult but well worth it. Once you get to summerland, you have an unrestricted view of the northeast face of Mt. Rainier and Little Tahoma. I wish we had time to get to Panhandle Gap but it was getting late and time to get back. Late August and the trail was clear and dry.
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8/16/2008
This is one of my most favorite hikes to do over the summer. It's usually best in August though, as that's when the snow is off the trial and the meadow flowers are out in full bloom too. The trail also starts off slow so to gradually warm up your muscles for the hike later on. Bring a lunch and snack to snack on at the top, cause you'll want to enjoy the views for a while. Happy trails everyone.
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6/22/2000
This is a great day-hike along the Wonderland Trail. There are waterfalls to see on Fryingpan Creek. The trail is wide and well graded. From Summerland, you have views up the valley, but the best views come from Meany Crest (7500') which is another hour or so up above Summerland. From there you can see nearby ridges, Little Tahoma, and the surrounding region. On June 10th, the snow level was low so bring gaitors. Bring an ice axe if continuing up to Meany Crest. Enjoy.
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Trail Information

Mount Rainier National Park
Nearby City
Mount Rainier National Park
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
White River Wilderness Information Center: (360) 569-6670
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