Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Lakes & Sourdough Gap

Join me for this hike to a beautiful alpine lake with wildflowers in their beginning stages. Depending on trail conditions, we can make our way towards Sourdough Gap for more elevation and views of Mt. Rainier.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,390 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,400 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

We will meet at the Enumclaw Ranger Station at 7:15am. Folks that are interested can arrange carpools from here to the trailhead.

We will enjoy a nice pace up to Upper Crystal Lake with the promise of some wildflowers. Depending on our timing and trail conditions, we can continue on towards Sourdough Gap after a lunch break at the lake.

Bring poles and micro spikes for some snow travel after Lower Crystal Lake and traveling up towards Sourdough Gap.


Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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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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