Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

Late season, cold weather hike to an old look out site. A dusting of snow at higher elevations will enhance the stellar views. Please read leader notes carefully.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,595 ft
  • Pace: 1000- 1200 ft/hour

Meet in Enumclaw on Hwy 410 at Safeway near the gas pumps at 0700.  We'll consolidate cars as needed from there.

As of now (15 Nov) the road to this TH is open and it should remain so next week. If not, back up destination will likely be Snoquera Palisades which is a shorter hike and lower elevation but which had good views of the river valley. 

This trail is inside Mt Rainier National park (but you do not have to pass thru the entrance station. ) Because of this, no dogs allowed. 

You must be comfortable hiking thru shallow snow ( a couple inches maximum) that may also be icy in places. It is possible that up to half the trail will have some precip on it. Traction devices (yak trax or microspikes) are required. We will also need to keep a moderate, but fairly steady pace as it will be quite cold.  Extra, heavier clothing layers for a longer stop at the summit are required.


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
  11. Traction devices for icy trail
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