Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

A tough day hike that has great rewards (views!) if the weather is clear. This time of year we will encounter snow!

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,595 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-2.5

We will meet at the Enumclaw Ranger Station parking lot, 450 Roosevelt Ave. E, Enumclaw at 8:00 a.m., so that we can carpool to the TH. Those who would like to carpool from Seattle or Tacoma are encouraged to contact one another. The leader will meet you at the Ranger Station. 

Park in back of the building.

This is a tough hike, but well worth it if we get some sunshine to catch the views. The trail starts out climbing right from the TH and never really gives it up. The elevation gain is 3100 feet on the way up, so please be conditioned to do this amount of elevation gain and distance at a steady moderate pace.  There will be snow on this route, so microspikes are required (no yak traks). 

An email will be sent two days prior to the hike to update weather, etc. If the weather does not look good, this hike will be altered to something at a lower elevation - likely along I-90.

The TH is not very big which is why we will carpool from the Ranger Station in Enumclaw. Park in the back of the building. 

No passes needed at the TH.


Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

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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