Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

CHS Tacoma July Hike. Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration to all Mountaineers, based on availability, 7-10 days prior to date of the hike. Yeah, 'short notice'

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • Pace: easy but intentional

IF you are still interested in participating, please email me prior to the hike!


We will meet at the Puyallup/South Hill Park N Ride, near Hwy 512 and 94th Ave. E, at 7:30 AM, to meet and caravan to the trailhead. No parking pass required.

All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.


  • This is a Phase 2 trip. (Pierce country).
  • This trip is only open to those who live local (within 125 miles of Greenwater, WA.
  • The trip will be updated if County guidelines change in advance of the trip.

 This hike features an initial climb, followed by a more gradual climb through a forested area then opening up near the Alpine level, to a beautiful lake nestled in a glacial bowl. Bring your camera! I'll be bringing mine!


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

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
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