"The Crystal Peak Trail is a thigh-burning ascent through forest and huckleberry fields to a 360-degree view that includes five volcanoes. For years the trail to Crystal Peak was unmaintained by the National Park Service (though it always had a following), and maps favored the Crystal Lakes Trail. While not officially maintained, the trail to the peak remained easy to follow due to the continued foot traffic. By 2011, NPS was including the trail in a map for Crystal Lakes Trail, as well as a trail description.
It is no wonder that hikers refused to let go of the trek to Crystal Peak. The trail may be steep and the climb strenuous, but the top offers a 360-degree panoramic view, including five volcanoes: Mounts Baker, Adams, St. Helens, Hood, and Rainier. Begin the hike heading east along the Crystal Lakes Trail. The first 1.1 miles switchback steadily in the forest as you climb more than 1,000 feet before reaching the Crystal Peak trail junction."