Summit Trail

photo: Young photographer on the Mt. Evans NRT summit trail, with the parking area below; Photo by Kim Schmidt

Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Length: 12.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: From Springville 30 mi. E on SR 190. Trail crosses hwy near Co. Rd 107 and FS Rd. 21550 near Quaking Aspen Campground.
State(s): California
Counties: Tulare
Latitude: 36.11994
: -118.54446

East from Springville, CA on State Hwy 190 for 30 miles. Trail crosses Hwy near its junction with county sm 107 & forest road 21S50 near quaking Aspen Campground. The national recreation trail segment of the Summit Trail extends 12 miles from the trail junction with forest road 21S94 North to the Clicks Creek Trailhead at the summit. Trails junction with forest road 21S50. Scenic portion of trail is South of Hwy 190 over Swate Mountain.


The trail climbs and crosses the summit of Slate Mountain on its way to the log cabin meadow at Clicks Creek. From the summit of Slate Mountain, visitors have a view of the southern San Joaquin Valley to the west, the Kern Plateau to the east, and the Golden Trout Wilderness Area to the northeast. A portion of the trail forms the southeast edge of the Slate Mountain Botanical Area. The entire NRT is located within the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Rock, boulders
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 13%
Maximum Grade: 18%
Elevation Low Point: 6,994
Elevation High Point: 9,014
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Tom Burns
Recreation and Lands Officer
US Forest Service
Tule River & Hot Springs Ranger District
32588 Hwy 190
Springville , CA 93265
(559) 539-2607

Information Contact:
Denise Alonzo
US Forest Service
Tule River & Hot Springs Ranger District
32588 Hwy. 190
Springville , CA 93265
(559) 539-2607 ext. 55



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