Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Crystal lakes in the spring has wonderful wildflowers, birds and views. This trip will be a naturalist trip with frequent stops to identify plants, birds, trees and wildlife. Students or graduates of the the Intro to Natural World course and those who have naturalist interests are especially welcome.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,877 ft
  • Pace: moderate with frequent stops

Plan to meet at the Crystal Lakes trailhead off of hwy 410 in Mt Rainier National Park at 9am.

No parking pass is required.  There is no restroom at the trailhead so plan to make a stop before arriving in Enumclaw or Greenwater.

Since this is a naturalist hike, you may choose to bring binoculars and a loupe (for close flower viewing).  Poles may be useful.  To get a larger view we will go beyond the upper lake to continue to view plant life and birds, and perhaps see a marmot, to a perch where we will have lunch and look down on the lake.

An email update will be sent a few days before the trip.


Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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