Day Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Join the Tacoma Singles Committee in a hike to explore the beautiful early-summer alpine scenery of the Crystal Lakes trail. This historic Puget Sound Salish land is located in the northeast area of Mount Rainier National Park.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft

Meet at 8:00 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station: 450 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw, WA 98022

No restroom is available on the trailhead, so it will be good to stop at McDonald in Enumclaw/SR 410.

Mountaineers policy is to wait up to 15 minutes after the meeting time for anyone who may be running late. Please call or text me if you’ll be any later or need to cancel so that we know whether to expect you. (Contact info. will be send to those who register in later time)

From the Enumclaw Ranger Station we will reorganize and consolidate to reduce number of cars. The trailhead parking area alongside SR 410 has limited in space.

It would take about an hour to trailhead from ranger station (that would be about 80 miles round trip). So if you are a rider, please bring some cash along to contribute towards gas money. Per Mountaineers guide for carpooling, contributing $10 -12 would be about right, but that’s completely up to you and your driver.

There is no parking permit/pass need for this trip.

There will be an optional post-hike meal stop at Naches Tavern (Green Water) if folks are interested:


Check out the WTA hike description and recent trip reports:


Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please be prepared for the possibility of light snow on the trail. Microspikes and trekking poles are recommended. 

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
Trip Reports