Summit Lake

Glistening lakes, colorful peaks and lush meadows are a few of the scenic delights of this great hike up the West and East Forks of Green Creek leading to Summit Lake.

The trail begins by ascending the West Fork, passing forested Green Lake and photogenic East Lake along the way. Past East Lake the trail enters the East Fork drainage near Gilman Lake and then climbs steeply to the stunning Hoover Lakes basin.

There are enough destinations along the trail to suit the physical capabilities of a wide range of hikers and is a great choice for an easy backpack. Backpackers with the time and energy will want to climb beyond the Hoover Lakes to the aptly named Summit Lake, nestled in a saddle along the Pacific Crest. Past Summit Lake the trail drops into the backcountry of Yosemite National Park.

  • Highlights: Glistening lakes, colorful peaks and lush meadows
  • Near: Bridgeport, CA
  • Distance: 12 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1900 ft
  • Hike Time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
  • GPX Download Link: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Wilderness Permits:
  • Dog Friendly: Yes
  • Kid Friendly: Yes

Getting to the Trailhead:
From Bridgeport HWY 395 (south) to Green Creek Rd. (right) to trailhead.


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Trail Map


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Summit Lake




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