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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

6,306' 1,922 m

High

5,239' 1,597 m

Low

1,067' 325 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Wildflowers

Description

Summit Springs Trail is an access point for the Milk Ranch Loop, a gateway to Snow Mountain Summit.

Summit Springs is about 2.2 miles long, and actually ends at the intersection of Milk Ranch Loop. The trail gains slightly over 1,000 feet of elevation, traveling mostly through chaparral. Being mostly exposed, it's best to get an early start if you're hiking during the summer months - it can get pretty hot up here at 6,000 feet!

Anyone hiking Summit Springs Trail will likely continue onto Milk Ranch Loop, the quickest route to Snow Mountain Summit. Right now there are still plenty of wildflowers blooming: phlox, baby blue eyes, Indian paint brush, shooting stars and more. Tons of tent caterpillars have recently hatched in the White Thorn.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by Terrie Arnold

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#804

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Red fir forest on the way up.
Sep 15, 2017 near Lucerne, CA
Red fir forest on top of the massif.
Sep 15, 2017 near Lucerne, CA
Gateway Trees
Sep 15, 2017 near Lucerne, CA
Mixed forest and chaparral.
Sep 15, 2017 near Lucerne, CA
Climbing through chaparral.
Sep 15, 2017 near Lucerne, CA
Beginning of the trail to Snow Mountain
Sep 15, 2017 near Lucerne, CA

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