Crystal Mountain Trail

Pierce County, Washington

Elevation Gain1,734ft
Trailhead Elevation5,488ft
Elevation Min/Max5486/6838ft
Elevation Start/End5488/5488ft

Crystal Mountain Trail

Crystal Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Bear Pits. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 5,488 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,734 feet. Along the trail there are woods. The trail ends near the Summit House restaurant. There are also restrooms near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Henskin Lake Trai and Silver Creek Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Martin Volken
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"East Peak is an excellent tour with easy access from Crystal Mountain and some fun skiing from the summit. It can be a good day for those new to ski touring and can also make for a good escape from the ski resort if the lines are too long or you just want to get away." Read more
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
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"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." Read more

Crystal Mountain 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!
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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!
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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

Pierce County
Nearby City
Skill Level
Sunrise Ranger Station
Local Contacts
Norse Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018