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Summit Lake #7165

Intermediate/Difficult

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14.1 mile 22.7 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,896' 883 m
Descent: -793' -242 m
High: 10,338' 3,151 m
Low: 8,234' 2,510 m

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Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)

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A great and fun trail with awesome views.

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This trail starts from Spring Creek Park Trailhead. The road to the trailhead requires highish clearance and low clearance vehicles should park at Spring Creek/Willow Lake Junction. From there, run the road to the TH, which is approximately an extra 1.5 miles.

The trail proper starts as an undulating singletrack that criss-crosses the road for ~1 mile. The trail then begins ascending through aspen groves and pine forest area. You'll hit the road again, but where the trail begins again is fairly obvious. You can ascend road instead of trail for the first mile if you only want; this cuts off a bit of distance. The climb to the wilderness boundary is relatively gradual but demanding. However, the reward is in the views and the descent. The trail traverses along beautiful grade reversal after grade reversal with relatively little switchbacking.

Climb out of the forest to an awesome ridge with views to Fremont Lake below, White Pine to the south and the Wind River Peaks to the East. You just can't beat the scenery. The trail continues down to the forest and heads back out onto ridge for approximately a mile then dives back into the woods to continue up and out to an exposed bench cut that leads to the wilderness boundary.

Here just turn around and enjoy the run back. It's at times rocky, but overall it's a very lovely descent with a nice grade.

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What a view! And the sun wasn't even shining.
Sep 29, 2017 near Pinedale, WY
Section of trail that criss crosses road.
Sep 29, 2017 near Pinedale, WY

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