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Trip Report

Summit Lake

Mount Rainier Area

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Hiked Jun 15, 2019

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road recommended for high clearance only


Bugs were not too bad


Intermittent snow - not hard to cross

I'll be brief since there are lots of recent trip reports already. As people have said, the road to the trailhead is very rough and goes on for a while (maybe 20 minutes? Can't recall). The trail itself was great, and it was gorgeous out. Perfect view of Rainier. There's a tiny but of melting snow near the lake, but I didn't bother to put on any traction and I don't think most people would want to bother either (especially if they have poles). Trail was a bit wet and puddly from the snowmelt at times, so non-waterproof shoes might get wet.

Anyway, fantastic hike. Highly recommended!