Crystal Mountain Sport Loop, Northway Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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The NORBA (National Off Road Biking Association) Crystal Mountain Sport Cross Country Loop is one of the state’s most challenging race courses. The trail begins with a lung-tearing, backbreaking, thigh-burning 2.5-mile climb. It may not sound like much, but the excessively steep pitch quickly separates the contenders from the pretenders. It’s a good idea to take a few spins around the base area to warm up before heading up the hill. Located on the northeast edge of Mount Rainier National Park, Crystal Mountain is Washington State’s premier ski resort. Although the skiing is fantastic, the main attraction may be the awe-inspiring views of Mount Rainier. Porcelain-smooth singletrack, sweeping banked turns, serpentine switchbacks, cruising through fields of wildflowers, trips around alpine lakes, supersonic descents, blood-pumping climbs, and inspiring views of Washington’s most recognized landmark, Mount Rainier, make this ride one of the best in North America.
Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

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Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)

The NORBA (National Off Road Biking Association) Crystal Mountain Sport Cross Country Loop is one of the state’s most challenging race courses. The trail begins with a lung-tearing, backbreaking, thigh-burning 2.5-mile climb. It may not sound like much, but the excessively steep pitch quickly separates the contenders from the pretenders. It’s a good idea to take a few spins around the base area to warm up before heading up the hill.

Located on the northeast edge of Mount Rainier National Park, Crystal Mountain is Washington State’s premier ski resort. Although the skiing is fantastic, the main attraction may be the awe-inspiring views of Mount Rainier. Porcelain-smooth singletrack, sweeping banked turns, serpentine switchbacks, cruising through fields of wildflowers, trips around alpine lakes, supersonic descents, blood-pumping climbs, and inspiring views of Washington’s most recognized landmark, Mount Rainier, make this ride one of the best in North America.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 23.3
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 to 8 hours
Season: Late June to Sept 4 for chairlift; otherwise year-round, weather permitting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS White River Peak, Norse Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Crystal Mountain: Sport Loop, Northway Trail

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