Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Pleasant hike to the upper Crystal Lake. We will hike at a moderate pace (approx. 2 mph). We'll take a break at the lake before returning the same route.

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

Arrive at the Crystal Peak Trailhead by 8:30a.

Catch the end of summer near Mt. Rainier.  Total distance/elevation gain to the upper lake is 6 miles / 2,300'.  We'll target a 2mph pace and take a break at the lake.  In addition to the 6 miles round-trip to the upper lake, we will explore the area around the lake depending on how the group is feeling. 

The trailhead is outside the park boundaries, so no fees/permits required.


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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