Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park
by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)
© Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Crystal lakes was a beautiful hike up to a mountain top lake that was crystal clear. There was lots of amazing plants flowering up here in addition to pretty vast grasslands growing up the side of the mountain slopes and large flat surfaces.
Loved this hike!
Easy trail, located just within Mt Rainier National Park and before the pay station so no permit required for day hiking. Good views of Mt Rainier. Lots of bugs!
The hike was a good one, the combination of the beginning elevation (and ending) and the constant climb did make it a strenuous hike for us. However, we really enjoyed the hike and we were quite proud of ourselves when we made it to the 2nd lake...amazing views of Mount Rainier midway, the lakes were beautiful and the scenery in the vicinity was great.
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