Silver King

Just above Elizabeth Lake, this is the high point of all the ridges that border the Crystal Mountain ski resort. Views are superb. This is a good introductory snow scramble, but can only be done after the ski area closes.

driving directions

Drive to the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort off US 410.

approach & ascent

Follow the ski slopes to Elizabeth Lake. Intersect Silver King's east ridge at about 6,400 ft to avoid cliff areas lower down. Then follow the ridge to the summit.


Follow the Crystal Mountain ridge north from the summit past the "Throne" at 6,861 ft and descend (a good glissade) from the Throne/Silver Queen summit (6,980 ft). Then follow ski slopes back to the trailhead.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous 2, Technical 2
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • 6,998 ft
  • USGS White River Park
  • USGS Norse Peak
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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