CHS 1 Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

A pretty forest-to-meadow hike featuring a beautiful basin with wildflower meadows, and views of surrounding peaks and ridges (and, if the weather is clear, Mount Rainier too!). We'll hike past Upper Crystal Lake to meet up with the PCT beyond Sourdough Gap. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph).

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

We'll meet at 7:45 am at the Enumclaw Ranger Station or 6:30 am at 65th St P&R.

We'll hike up to 2 beautiful mountain lakes and beyond. Note that if the trail is not snow-free by the hike date we'll do Stuart Lake (near Leavenworth) as our Plan B. 


Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)

  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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