Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)


Naturalist Trip - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

This forest to meadow hike in Mt Rainier N.P. provides beautiful spring flowers. It will be a naturalist outing to explore local plants and wildlife and meets requirements for Field Trip-4 of the Seattle Introduction to the Natural World 2023 course (email me beginning 4/4, ahead of opening of registration). Others are welcome to take remaining spots when registration opens. There will be frequent stops.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • Pace: moderate with frequent stops

Meet at 9am at the trailhead along SR-410.

No entry pass is required and there is no restroom at the trailhead.

Since this is a naturalist activity we will stop frequently to identify wildflowers, trees, ferns and other plants.  Birds and other wildlife will be observed and discussed as well.  Bring binoculars, a loupe, wildflower and bird apps on your phone or a book if you like.  Bring snacks/lunch and water and utilize as needed as we move upward on the trail.  Bring rain gear in case of showers.  This is a beautiful area as we move up into the meadow.  As an option some may go up to 300 feet above the upper lake to get broader views (including a Mt Rainier sighting) and to see additional flowers, but stopping at the lake will be the main objective. Extending the trip will be dependent on weather and group interest and not required.  Staying at the lake can be very satisfying.


Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
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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