Crystal Mountain Loop

Greenwater, Washington

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Of all the rides along the Cascade Range, this is the must-do course for Washington mountain bikers. Situated on one of Washington’s most popular ski resorts, this ride features an extremely aerobic advanced climb up forest road and singletrack, a 7, 000- foot view of three volcanoes, and world-class singletrack downhill. Few rides com- pare to the rush this route can provide. There are more moderate, alternative routes that will get you to the top, too, and as long as you get there, you’ll find it very difficult not to have a sensational day on the mountain.
Mountain Biking Washington

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Mountain Biking Washington

by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

Of all the rides along the Cascade Range, this is the must-do course for Washington mountain bikers. Situated on one of Washington’s most popular ski resorts, this ride features an extremely aerobic advanced climb up forest road and singletrack, a 7, 000- foot view of three volcanoes, and world-class singletrack downhill.

Few rides com- pare to the rush this route can provide. There are more moderate, alternative routes that will get you to the top, too, and as long as you get there, you’ll find it very difficult not to have a sensational day on the mountain.

©  Amy & Mark Poffenbarger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 14.5
Elevation Gain: 1,450 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best in summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,750 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Crystal Mountain Ski Area, Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service
Local Maps: USGS White River Park, Norse Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Crystal Mountain Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

6/14/2003
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I've done this ride at least 9 or 10 times. It's a classic. However, there's still too much snow on the trail. We barely made it to the ridge line, which is only halfway to the top. Even that required us to hike on top of snow fields that were 3 to 4 feet deep. Give it at least 2 or 3 more weeks before making the trip. But definitely make the trip.


5/9/2000
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This is definitely a "must do" ride. Follow it up all the way to the ridge, which reveals incredible views of Mount Rainier. Follow the ridge south, continuing to climb all the way up to the summit of Crystal Mountain, which is an excellent place to have lunch, then turn back and head down the same way you came up. It's an unbelievably fun decent!



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