Crystal Lake Trail

Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, Washington

Elevation Gain2,060ft
Trailhead Elevation2,833ft
Elevation Min/Max2833/4533ft
Elevation Start/End2833/2833ft

Crystal Lake Trail

Crystal Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is within Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 2,833 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,060 feet. This trail connects with the following: Meadow Mountain Trail.

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Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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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."

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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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Trail Information

Glacier Peak Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Glacier Peak Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111
Local Maps

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