The Summit Trail is in good condition and offers many side trips to small lakes and mountain peaks in the area. The first 10 miles of the trail are open to mountain bikes. The remaining 17 miles, from Chipmunk Pass north to the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, are within the Sawtooth Wilderness Area. Water is generally no problem, but should be treated. The boundary of the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is at the 27 mile mark, and many people continue on to Stehekin (a total of 38 miles). A permit is required to camp in the Recreation Area. There are numerous camping areas along the trail. There is a potentially hazardous stream crossing at mile 15. This trail receives annual maintenance.
Directions: From Mehtow, Travel north on State Highway 153 for approximately 5-6 miles to County Road 1029. Turn west onto 1029 and proceed for about one mile to an intersection. Turn left onto County Road 1034. Continue for about a mile to another intersection. Turn left again onto Forest Service Road 4330 (South Fork Gold Creek Road). Follow 4330 for about 5 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 600. Follow 600 for about 6 miles . Turn right onto Forest Service Road 8200 and follow for about 8 miles to the Summer Blossom Trailhead. Continue past this trailhead for about 3 miles to the South Navarre Campground. The Summit Trailhead takes off from here.
Distance: 27 miles
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