Summerland Trail

#18 of 102 trails in Mount Rainier National Park
Summerland Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, WA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

8.5 miles 2158 feet Out & Back
birding hiking nature trips walking forest river views waterfall wild flowers wildlife no dogs
Hide Map

Directions from White River Entrance: Drive westward on White River Road 3 miles to a parking area near the Fryingpan Creek bridge. The trailhead is across the road. Parking space is limited and fills early on sunny summer days. Have an alternate hike in mind in case parking space is not available.

K E.
1 month ago

Debbie Murnan
8 months ago

66 Completed60 Reviews

Marjorie Clark
9 months ago

15 Completed6 Reviews

Did the 1.5 extension to Panhandle Gap. The smoke was cleared enough to get a good look at Mt. Adams and spy Mt. Hood through the clouds. 12 miles round trip from trail head to top of Panhandle, with approximately 3,000 feet elevation gain.

Marjorie Clark
9 months ago

15 Completed6 Reviews

Mandy StClair
10 months ago

13 Completed5 Reviews

Patricia C.
3 years ago

Amazing! I was hoping for good views of the mountain with some wildflowers. I was unprepared for the cacophony of wildflowers, representing virtually all the varieties in my Mt Rainier flowers of the alpine book. Imagine walking through thigh-high blossoms while looking up at crisp white snow on the mountain. I've done a fair amount of hiking in the park, and this was one of the more spectacular hikes.

The first 3.3 miles was a oh-hum walk in the forest with a few views of waterfalls. Then the view started opening up, becoming more spectacular with each step. The trail was in excellent condition, including log crossings across streams. Warning: BRING INSECT REPELLENT