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
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
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