Summit Lake Trail travels through a mixed conifer forest with small water crossings along the way. Look for various aquatic plants within these areas. The trail traverses along black schist soils creating unique flora habitats. Due to the thick multi canopy forest, it is home to various wildlife including spotted owls, black bears and deer. Please remember to tread lightly within their domain.
"Summit Lake" is actually a small pond located on the summit of Elliott Creek Ridge. The lake is small, shallow and surrounded by old growth Ponderosa Pines. Paths lead up the ridge and offer good views of the surrounding areas.
Directions: From Ruch, Travel south on County Road 859 past the Star Ranger Station and to Applegate Dam. Turn left on the dam and follow the signs to Squaw Lake. The trailhead is located at the parking area.
Elevation Gain: 1,680 feet
Distance: 2.0 miles
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