Chinook & Crystal Peaks


Alpine Scramble - Crystal Peak

Snow trip for only Seattle Scramble Course students - SeattleSnowTrip

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  • Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft



Crystal Peak trailhead, Mount Rainier National Park,  1/2 mile before the White River Road (just short of Mile 62 on Highway 410).  Meet at 9 AM.   Driving time from Green Lake area of Seattle is 1:45 hours.

No Mount Rainier Admission Fee/Pass required.

NOTE:  Don't plan on returning to Seattle any earlier that 7 PM.

NOTE: For Scramble Students Only


A nice snow scramble on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park following a smooth trail approach. There has been ample snow above 5000 during a recent reconnaissance. 

I prefer small party sizes. Hence the limit of 6 total on this scramble.

This scramble is also a conifer-lovers dream because of the 18 Washington State conifers, 14 can be found on this hike. We will try to find them!

Trailhead:  Douglas firs, hemlocks, cedars, Yew.

4600': Yew, Engelmann spruce, red cedar, western hemlock, silver fir, Douglas fir, western white pine, subalpine fir

4730', just past scree field: Alaska cedar

5190': Noble fir and a lot of mountain hemlock in the area

5200': Ponderosa pine, grand fir (a grand fir was also noted at 4350')

At summit: Whitebark pine & a grand fir.


Chinook & Crystal Peaks

  • USGS White River Park

    Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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