Distance: 11 miles RT
Elevation Gain: 2900 ft
Highest Point: 6800 ft
Summerland is widely considered the best day trail In MRNP. Hiking its first 3 miles of dense forest path, I started wondering whether the accolades were mirage or reality. Vista improved somewhat with first glimpse of Mt. Rainier, but followed shortly with more tough canopy clad switchbacks. Then I was there….
I missed Summerland at its peak – the July/August flower season. Still, may I let the photos convey her ambience.
After a well deserved lunch on a boulder – Summerland meadows are seriously threatened by the throngs it attracts, I proceeded, into a world of ice and rock, towards Panhandle Gap.
Returning the same way to conclude this spectacular hike.