Crystal Lake Trail

Bedal, Washington

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A tranquil lake at the edge of the Glacier Peak Wilderness, chances are you’ll have this place to yourself. The trail can be rough, overgrown, and at times steep—three good reasons for the crowd control. Kick back and harvest berries at the lake or, if you’re feeling energetic, head off for Circle Peak on a rehabilitated trail to an old lookout site with mouthwatering views.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A tranquil lake at the edge of the Glacier Peak Wilderness, chances are you’ll have this place to yourself. The trail can be rough, overgrown, and at times steep—three good reasons for the crowd control.

Kick back and harvest berries at the lake or, if you’re feeling energetic, head off for Circle Peak on a rehabilitated trail to an old lookout site with mouthwatering views.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bedal
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 4,485 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111
Driving Directions: Directions to Crystal Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/2/2017
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The road is blocked off where these two trails begin. The road has a few potholes but other than that easy to drive. The first couple of miles are on an old logging road now a trail, a little over grown in places and muddy, but not bad. The last mile or so begins with a steep trail. 1/3 up the steep climb you can stop at a nice little area by a beautiful water fall. My son and I had a little lunch there. Continuing up the trail it evens out and you come to a sign that say "Glacier Peak Wilderness". There are two very large tree that have fallen across the path. Go around the root side and you will see the trail again. Continue on a short distance and you will come to the valley and then the lake. You will be glad that you made the choice to continue up the steep trail. There were large patches of snow around the lake. We were able to get to the farside of the lake.



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