Summit Trail #691
ElevationAscent: 317' 96 m
Descent: -54' -17 m
High: 3,968' 1,209 m
Low: 3,705' 1,129 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“Summit Trail is the south part of a large loop in the Government Camp Trail System.”— Kathleen Walker
Family Friendly This trail is fairly easy for kids and Skibowl's Adventure Park and food spots are a good mid-way stop for lunch.
Turn left and follow the Summit Trail. The Lake Road splits. Bear to the right, follow the road/trail and pass under another chairlift. Continue east skirting above some buildings and below a yurt. Keep heading east on the Summit Trail until you pass the buildings at about mile 1.3, and head east down the old road with forest on both sides. The road climbs a hill, and when you get over the other side, you pass a powerline corridor on your right (south) with access to a Skibowl fee Powerline Trail.
Just after that, there is a connector trail between Summit Trail and the Barlow Trail #601A. The Summit Trail then swings north heading towards Highway 26. The trail passes an A frame building that houses generators for Portland General Electric. The trail can be followed to the highway where it comes out across from the Summit Ski Area Sno-Park, just east of the yellow blinking light intersection with the Government Camp Loop Road. If you don't want to cross the highway, you can stage a car at the ODOT Maintenance area Sno-park. If you do this, take the trail just south of the PGE A-frame building that heads east towards the old Forest Service compound. The ODOT parking lot is located just above the compound.
Summit Trail is a great place to pick huckleberries, but the locals in Government Camp get there quickly so the early bird gets the worm. Skibowl has some great places to get meals and drinks.
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