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The Summit Creek Trail leads one and a half miles downstream to join the Kings Creek Trail. This is an easy hike with a 525-foot climb on the return.

This trail begins from the southernmost loop of the South Summit Lake Campground and leads southward one and a half miles to the Kings Creek Trail. The trail loses approximately 525 feet as it follows the Summit Creek drainage from the lake. This is an easy trail that provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the central backcountry of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The Summit Creek Trail begins at an elevation of 6,675 feet and descends slowly as it parallels the western bank of Summit Creek. The route begins very close to the stream then leaves it to traverse across the forested slopes above the stream. Within the first mile the trail passes two meadow areas and crosses a small tributary to Summit Creek. Immediately beyond this stream crossing the trail passes a spring and begins to descend more steeply.

After this short descent the trail levels for a quarter mile moving westward away from Summit Creek. It then begins to descend again and makes two more stream crossing one immediately after the other. The trail turns eastward and parallels a small tributary to Kings Creek for a half mile descent to a trail junction. At this junction the Summit Creek Trail ends. If you choose to turn left the trail leads along Kings Creek to Corral meadow and the Pacific Crest Trail. Turning right at this junction will lead you toward Highway 89 and Kings Creek Falls.

Directions: From Southwest Entrnace, Follow Highway 89 17 miles northward to the entrance for North Summit Lake Campground.

Elevation: 6,675 feet

Ending Elevation: 6,150 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Easy

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Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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