Crystal Lakes Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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A steep climb to two beautiful mountain lakes tucked away in meadows abounding with glacier lilies beneath an impressive ridge. This steep hike climbs through serene forest into flower-filled meadows, ending at two lovely mountain lakes. Elk are often seen grazing around the lakes, and mountain goats gambol along the ridges lining Upper Crystal Lake. This is a very popular hike, so plan on seeing a lot of fellow hikers.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

A steep climb to two beautiful mountain lakes tucked away in meadows abounding with glacier lilies beneath an impressive ridge. This steep hike climbs through serene forest into flower-filled meadows, ending at two lovely mountain lakes.

Elk are often seen grazing around the lakes, and mountain goats gambol along the ridges lining Upper Crystal Lake. This is a very popular hike, so plan on seeing a lot of fellow hikers.

©  Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 2,328 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Mid-July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Local Contacts: White River Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS White River; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Crystal Lakes Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/30/2008
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Let's just say that when you arrive at Upper Crystal Lake the 3 miles straight up hill and the stinging thighs are worth it.


7/6/2005
0

Beautiful clear lake near the treeline, open and sunny, you can easily walk all around the lake. The edges were a bit marshy in places but there were also some boulders to sit on and eat lunch. Lots of mosquitoes, close to the water, so we used our bug spray.



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