Summit Lake (Pierce County)

The Eastern Brook Trout in Summit Lake are small, but the view of Mt Rainier is spectacular. This easy 2.5-mile hike is very popular so it can be crowded on weekends.

Getting here:

From Enumclaw drive west on State Route 410 (Chinook Pass Highway) to SR 165. Proceed on SR 165 to the Carbon River Road/Mowich Lake Highway junction. Turn left onto Carbon River Road and follow it to Cayada Creek Road (Forest Road 7810), just before the national park entrance. Turn left (north) and drive about 6.8 miles to the trailhead at the end of FR 7810

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pierce
Acreage: 21.50 ac.
Elevation: 5443 ft.
TRS: T18R08E SEC18
Center: 47.039674, -121.831477
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: SUMMIT LK (PIER)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Oct 14, 2021 Kokanee 8,500 37 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY

Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Summit Lake
Photo by WDFW