Crystal Lakes Trail

Greenwater, Washington 98022

Crystal Lakes Trail

Crystal Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide

"These beautiful lakes are nestled in a green bowl beneath high, craggy peaks. You might encounter a few elk, maybe a mountain goat or two, and possibly even a black bear. The latter is especially likely in late summer when the plethora of purple fruit— succulent huckleberries!—ripens up. That’s all you’ll find here. If you need more natural beauty, you’re out of luck. You won’t find many trails that offer wilderness like this.

The trail climbs steeply away from the highway, piercing dense old forest as it climbs. That’s a good thing, since the tight forest canopy provides welcome shade as you sweat up a long series of switchbacks in the first 1.5 miles. At that point, the trail splits; the right fork leads to Crystal Peak."

Crystal Lakes Trail Reviews

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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.

Trail Information

Nearby City
2,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,828 feet
Top Elevation
Sunrise Ranger Station
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018