Summerland & Panhandle Gap

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Spending time on the side shoulders of Mount Rainier is like living on a giant. This hike meanders along the Frying Pan Creek drainage to its high point at Panhandle Gap. It’s a segment of the Wonderland Trail which circumnavigates the entirety of one of North America’s most recognizable volcanoes and a slice of trail history dating back to 1915.

On this hike you’ll experience a range of possibilities from ancient old growth forest, meadows blooming in their summertime prime, alpine tundra, and glaciers crossings (very tame, easily crossed). Come along and work up a sweat, you won’t be disappointed.

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00:00:00 Start Walking
00:25:00 Ancient Forests
00:50:47 Bridge
01:12:17 Cross the Frying Pan
01:28:05 Downed Tree
01:40:02 Summerland
01:44:03 Frying Pan Crossed Again
01:55:52 Snow Begins & Rough Crossing
02:27:27 Upper Snowfields
02:38:10 Panhandle Gap and View of Rainier

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Total distance: ~6 miles (~10 km)
Time: 02:39:28
Camera: Insta360 ONE x2 5.7k reframed 16:9

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