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Summit Prairie Trail #2, WA

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 7.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,342 feet
Elevation Gain 2,897 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,518 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 19.52
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Routes 16,270
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Starting at the Forest Road 90, the 9-mile Summit Prairie Trail begins with a steep climb for 2 miles before crossing Road 9075 near the west end of Quartz Creek Butte Trail 5B. From this point, the trail continues north in a series of switchbacks to the crest of Quartz Creek Ridge. As you traverse the ridge top, meadows reward you with views into the expansive tree-lined valleys of Quartz and French Creeks. The horizon holds snowcapped volcanoes and high open ridges of the Dark Divide.

Before reaching the junction with the Boundary Trail #1, you will pass by remains of the Summit Prairie fire lookout built-in 1929-1930. The lookout was abandoned in the 1960s, but if you use your imagination you can visualize what it must have been like to be a fireguard at this remote location. As you near the junction with the Boundary Trail, a small prairie opens where domestic sheep herds and Forest Service pack stock once grazed in the summer months.

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    To hike
    From Cougar, WA travel east on Forest Road 90 for about 41 miles. The access point is about a mile west of the Forest Road 88 intersection with Forest Road 90.

    Trail can be accessed from Forest Road 90 or Boundary Trail #1.
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