|Unmarked parking off |
Within minutes past the trailhead, we were already getting views of the mountains around us, and 45 minutes got us to bunches of alders, but mostly wide open vistas up the valley and of the peaks around us. The trail is a nice single-track in good condition, similar to Devil's Creek in that it climbs along the side of a valley, and very gradual so it feels easy. We didn't notice the climb until we turned around and headed back and we were sweating a whole lot less going back!
|Trailhead of Summit Creek Trail|
|First peek of views as the trail climbed out of the trees|
|Ferns, fireweed and a bit of view|
|Amazing fireweed vistas!|
|Likely an old mining road on the mountain across the valley from the trail|
|Looking up the Summit Creek valley|
Apparently there is good backpacking up this trail, and one can hike up, along the Resurrection Trail for a bit and then back down Devil's Creek Trail for a really long day or couple of days hike.
After sweating buckets in a 1 1/2-2 hour hike on this trail, ice cream at Summit Lake Lodge was a nice treat. Apparently the lodge is for sale for a cool $3.5 million, so we were looking at it with fresh eyes, considering how much we like stopping there and wondering where we would get after-hike treats if not there. Likely back to Cooper Landing.
So this hike goes on our list for further exploration when we have more time and the weather is cooler!