Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

A moderate, forest to meadow hike of 6 miles with 2,300 feet of elevation gain. On a clear day view Mount Rainier before entering a beautiful basin with wildflower meadows, and views of surrounding peaks and ridges. Usually snow free earlier than other similar elevation trails in the Mount Rainier area.

Getting There

Drive SR-410 to 36 miles south of Enumclaw, enter Mount Rainier National Park, and continue 4 miles to the trailhead and parking areas on the north and south sides of the should of the highway (3,200 ft).

On the Trail

Crystal Lakes

6.0 miles round trip, 2,300 feet of elevation gain

Hike 1.3 miles on the Crystal Lakes Trail and go straight to stay on the Crystal Lakes Trail. Reach Lower Crystal Lake (5,400 ft) in another 1.0 mile and Upper Crystal Lake (5,800 ft) in another 0.7 mile. Sourdough Gap is in another mile with fabulous views of Mount Rainier.

Crystal Lakes to Chinook Pass

7.0 miles one-way, 2,300 feet of elevation gain

This trail connects with the Pacific Crest Trail at Sourdough Gap. These two trails can be combined for a glorious alpine lake outing with a car shuttle.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • 5,830 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Day Hiking Trip
Another pretty lake at Mt Rainier. The flower bloom has been later this year due
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Jul 8, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist
Registration closed Jul 5
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Crystal Lakes & Sourdough Gap

Day Hiking Trip
Join me for this hike to a beautiful alpine lake with wildflowers in their beginning
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Jul 10, 2022
No Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes Jul 8
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Exploring Nature Trip
This forest to meadow hike in Mt Rainier N.P. provides beautiful spring flowers. It will
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Jul 15, 2022
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 13
Seattle Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Crystal Lakes & Sourdough Gap

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
PART OF MT. RAINIER CAMPOUT WEEKEND CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Jul 22, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes Jul 20
Seattle Branch

CHS Tacoma July Hikes - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes Jul 21
Tacoma Branch
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Titles

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  • Crystal Lakes
  • Sourdough Gap
  • Crystal Lakes & Sourdough Gap
  • Crystal Lakes to Chinook Pass
  • Sourdough Gap: Crystal Lakes to Chinook Pass
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