Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
USFS rules, please:
- camp at least 200 feet away from lakes, creeks, and trails.
- leash dogs in crowded areas
- follow Leave No Trace Principles
Trail Start to Lake Vera/North Fork Lake (Mile 0 - 23)
Lake Vera/North Fork Lake to Summit Lake(Mile 23 - 57)
From Lake Vera, in thin, rocky woods, North Fork Lake soon comes into view. The trail crosses its outlet creek and veers left without actually going to North Fork Lake. Still in thin, rocky woods, the trail is flat as it passes many lakes. For a stretch it follows and crosses Fall Creek a few times between Horseshoe Lake and Barnes Lake. After Barnes Lake the trail emerges from the forest to go through meadows and trees as it reaches Pole Creek. Pole Creek is crossed several times as the trail climbs upstream to join the CDT at mile mark 41, for the rest of its journey. The next 16 miles to Summit Lake is the highest section of Highline Trail. In rocky, grassy meadows, passing lakes, the trail goes over Lester Pass, veers west just before Shannon Pass, and descends into forest. Here in the forest, it crosses the upper reaches of Pine Creek, and then climbs to Summit Lake, once again in rocky, grassy meadows.
Summit Lake to Trail End(Mile 57 - 113)
Shared By: Joan Pendleton