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.
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."
--Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset, Hiking Mount Rainier National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Rainer Burgdorfer, 100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Oliver Lazenby , Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides).
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