Summit Lake Campground is located 15 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs, on Buffalo Pass, at an elevation of 10,300 feet. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for the Buffalo Pass Road, which accesses the campground.
Travel 2 miles north of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 36 (Strawberry Park Road), then 13 miles northeast on Routt County Road 38 (Buffalo Pass Road).
Summit Lake Campground has 16 campsites with tables and fireplace grates, a water system (seasonal), and vault toilets. No trash service is available. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out policy! The maximum spur length is 22 feet.
This lake lies on the edge of Mt. Zirkel
Wilderness Area, since it is not in the Wilderness
Area itself you can dive all the way to it. It
is do able in most vehicles with high clearance
recommended, 4wd depending on weather
conditions. It is usually fishable from early
July to October. Hand powered crafts are
allowed so it is a great place to take the
canoe. Summit Lake is
at N40°32.752' Latitude and W106°40.971' Longitude with an elevation of
Summit Lake is shallow lake that holds good numbers of brook trout and cutthroat trout. Camping is permitted in designated campsites only for a fee.
To view more pictures of the trails, mines, and lakes check out our Summit Lake Gallery.