Summit Flat Road
ElevationAscent: 2,173' 662 m
Descent: -3,835' -1,169 m
High: 7,800' 2,378 m
Low: 4,457' 1,359 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A pleasant access road that makes for great outings in both summer and winter months.”— Bren B
About three miles in, you'll arrive at the crux of a few different paths where you can continue on to different ridges via access roads. If you follow the ridge to the east (on the Pilot Peak Summit Spur), you'll find some places for backcountry camping with a beautiful view of the forest to the east. You won't want to miss the panoramic view at Pilot Peak at about 8,000 feet, which is incredible. There is a weather station that shares public information about conditions at the peak (MLLFI1).
If you make the turn-off to Pilot's Peak, make sure you have your bearings about you. It can get disorienting and if you start down the wrong way you could end up far from where you intend to be.
You'll be ascending about 2000' from the Moore's Creek Summit Trailhead, where the turnout from Highway 21 is. There is plenty of parking and pit toilets at the trailhead.
From here, the rest of the trail is a long, and mellow descent all the way to where the road ends near Grimes Creek and Pioneer. With the exception of one other small rise between miles 9 and 11, you'll enjoy the gentle downhill. The trail meanders in and out of forested woods, and crossed meadows. Enjoy the lovely scenery along the way!
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