Crystal Peak Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain3,207ft
Trailhead Elevation3,548ft
Elevation Min/Max3548/6597ft
Elevation Start/End3548/3548ft

Crystal Peak Trail

Crystal Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 3,548 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,207 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. This trail connects with the following: Crystal Lakes Trail.

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Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
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"Grand views await you here, as Crystal Peak stands between the stunning spires of the Norse Peak Wilderness and the mighty summit of Mount Rainier’s northeastern flank. You might encounter elk; you’ll surely see soaring hawks and/or eagles; and if you time it right, you’ll be waist deep in huckleberries on the upper slopes of the peak. If the berries aren’t ripe yet, no worries—you’ll find wildflowers in bloom along the way." Read more
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset
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"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." Read more
Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Martin Volken
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"Despite its close proximity to the Crystal Mountain Ski Area, a tour to Chinook Pass feels very remote. This isolated feeling combined with fantastic views of Mount Rainier makes for a great day in the mountains." Read more

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Trail Information

Mount Rainier National Park
Nearby City
Mount Rainier National Park
Skill Level
White River Wilderness Information Center: (360) 569-6670; Sunrise Visitor Center: (360) 663-2425
Local Contacts
Norse Peak, White River Park, and Chinook Pass
Local Maps

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Dec 2018