“Thank you for all the wonderful food and drink…and for helping to make this the only way I want to backpack now. I know I’ll return next year and bring some friends along who I know would enjoy this experience.” – S
These trips start from Summit Point (elev. 6500 feet) and climb Summit Ridge (unless too much snow requires a lower route). We hike 7 miles and up about 2000 feet to either Pine Lakes or Crater Lake or both on the 5-day trips. The lakes are clear and brimming with trout (usually small brookies) and offer a refreshing, if rather brisk, swim.
From Crater Lake we can climb Red Mountain (9500 feet) while keeping an eye out for mountain goats and sky pilot or to the East Eagle Creek overlook in search of elk and mountain bluebirds. From Pine Lakes we can venture over slabs of granite and snowfields to Granite Mountain or wander through alpine meadows spiked with elephant head and Indian paintbrush. On our last day, we hike back to Summit Point.
Graph of mileage and elevation:
Here’s some pictures from the trips over the years!