Hike Summerland with option to Panhandle on Rainier 9 or 12 miles, 2k/3k gain

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Let's meet at 8:30 to carpool at the Safeway in Enumclaw inbetween the gas station and the store or at the trailhead at 9:30. Summerland is about 9 miles rt, steady trail up about 2k gain. We should see lots of wildflowers and animals. If we go the additional 900 ft, 3 miles rt to the Panhandle there will likely be snow so bring your spikes, poles and gators. We'll decide when we're up there if we want to continue up or hangout at Summerland. Weather looking great! Bring bug juice and sunscreen and all the other essentials.

WTA site: https://wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/summerland-panhandle-gap

WTA Directions: Follow Highway 410 about 36 miles south of Enumclaw and pass under the arch that marks the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. Continue on about four miles and take the White River Canyon road going toward Sunrise. The park entrance station is just over a mile up the road.

There is a public restroom facility in another 0.1 mile, behind the bulletin boards on the right side of the road. There are no facilities at the trailhead. Continue on another 2.9 miles.

The trailhead parking area comes up quickly, just beyond the bridge over Fryingpan Creek. There is room for about 25 cars to park on the right in painted slots, and room for a few more along the shoulder on the left where the beginning of the trail to Summerland will be obvious.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: National Park Pass