Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

Scenic naturalist hike with a focus on identifying conifers. We will be looking for over 12 species of conifers close to the trail.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • Pace: Just under 2 mph with brief stops for conifer ID

Meet at 9:00 AM at Crystal Peak TH, one mile north (downhill) of the road to White River entrance to Mount Rainier.

Driving time from Green Lake, Seattle is just a bit less than 2 hours.

NO Forest Service or Mount Rainier permit required. We are inside Mount Rainier National Park, but outside the fee area.

Help me identify the conifers on this trip.  It will be a group effort.  NO KNOWLEDGE of conifers is required.

This trail does gain 3,100 ft in 4 miles but the grade is moderate, the trail is smooth, and ascends underneath a canopy of trees for the first 3 miles.  Pace will be on the slow side of moderate.  I expect it will take  3 hours up and 2.5 hours down.



Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

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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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