Seattle: Summit Lake and Bearhead Mountain

This 9.4-miler leads to a serene mountain lake and a ragged peak in Snoqualmie National Forest. Earmark a weekend to explore both, or divide it into two shorter dayhikes.
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This 9.4-miler leads to a serene mountain lake and a ragged peak in Snoqualmie National Forest. Earmark a weekend to explore both, or divide it into two shorter dayhikes.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.6

Waypoints

SBL001

Location: 47.0314712524414, -121.826934814453

Begin hiking from E side of parking lot

SBL002

Location: 47.0318260192871, -121.823501586914

Bridge spans over stream; continue up switchback

SBL003

Location: 47.0308876037598, -121.82258605957

Trail levels out and enters the 14.300-acre Clearwater Wilderness

SBL004

Location: 47.0313529968262, -121.820152282715

Turn L @ Trail 1177 toward Summit Lake

SBL005

Location: 47.0399360656738, -121.829002380371

Primitive campsites near Summit lake (follow LNT rules); ditch packs and veer N to climb short ridgeline

SBL006

Location: 47.0429077148438, -121.831825256348

Killer views of lake below and Mt.Rainier; return to lake, then backtrack 1.4 miles to main trail intersection

SBL007

Location: 47.0312576293945, -121.820121765137

Continue straight to climb Bearhead Mtn.

SBL008

Location: 47.0260810852051, -121.821212768555

Climb long, steep ridgeline ornamented by magenta paintbrush, vanila leaf, and larkspur

SBL009

Location: 47.0182495117188, -121.816261291504

Skirt ridgeline on Trail 1179A

SBL010

Location: 47.0208702087402, -121.815979003906

Nearby peaks present a stunning horizon

SBL011

Location: 47.0235977172852, -121.815727233887

Summit: Bearhead Mountain (6,089 ft.) with 360-degree views to Mt.Baker, Mt.Rainier, and eastern plains. Backtrack to WPT 7 and turn W back to parking lot