Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

Trip

Day Hike - Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

This hike is a conifer-lovers dream because of the 18 Washington State conifers, 14 can be found on this hike. We will try to find them!

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  • Strenuous
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft

Crystal Peak trailhead, Mount Rainier National Park,  1/2 mile north of the White River Road.   Meet at 9 AM.   Driving time from Green Lake area of Seattle is 1:45 hours.

No Mount Rainier Admission Fee/Pass required.

May try to arrange a meeting at a Park-n-Ride at 7 AM.

NOTE:  Don't plan on returning to Seattle any earlier that 7 PM.

Help me identify the conifers on this trip.  It will be a group effort.

This hike is not that difficult and we will be stopping a fair number of times.

There are 18 conifer species found in Washington State, and this hike has 14 of them.

The only Washington conifer species not on this hike are western larch, mountain larch, and Sitka spruce. (Full disclosure: The only known lodgepole pine is actually higher up on the trail to Lower Crystal Lakes.)

Trailhead:  Douglas firs, hemlocks, cedars, Yew.

4600': Yew, Engelmann spruce, red cedar, western hemlock, silver fir, Douglas fir, western white pine, subalpine fir

4730', just past scree field: Alaska cedar

5190': Noble fir and a lot of mountain hemlock in the area

5200': Ponderosa pine, grand fir (a grand fir was also noted at 4350')

At summit: Whitebark pine & a grand fir.

Crystal Peak

Route/Place

Crystal Peak (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 recommended, but no one will be checking.

Binoculars might be helpful.

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