Chinook & Crystal Peaks

Crystal and Chinook Peaks are moderate scrambles on the eastern side of Mount Rainier, off Highway 410. Crystal Peak is an old lookout site. The long open slopes of the ridge connecting Crystal and Chinook offer excellent views of "The Mountain" in good weather. The area features an unusually large variety of conifers.

approach & ASCENT

Crystal Peak is given an elevation of 6,595 ft and Chinook Peak is 6,904 ft. The route starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead, at approximately 3,500 ft. At about 4,600 ft the trail splits. Take the right fork that is signed for Crystal Peak, then leave the trail near the long southern switchback. Aim for the saddle to the west of Chinook, south of Point 6706.  Pick a way through the terrain to the summit that does not involve Class 3 rock scrambling. It is then possible to follow the ridge to Crystal Peak and return via the trail.


  • Neither summit is named on the USGS map.
  • The steep open slope means this should only be attempted when snow is stable.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • 6,904 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
    Mount Rainier Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS White River Park
  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

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  • Crystal Peak
  • Chinook Peak

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