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.


This trail connects with the Pacific Crest Trail at Sourdough Gap and the 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
  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Day Hiking Trip
CHS Tacoma July hike. Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Jul 19, 2020
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 17
Tacoma Branch
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