CHS 1 Hike - Crystal Mountain Backcountry

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Crystal Mountain Backcountry

Silver Creek, crystal Mountain to Northway Trail. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph).

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

We will meet at the Maple Valley Park and Ride at 6:30 am and carpool from there.

We will hike up Crystal Mountain and hike around at the top on the Northway Trail.  Then we will eat at The summit of the mountain before riding the gondola back down.  We will stop at Wapiti Woolies on the way home for ice cream and/or coffee.  Plan on $12.95 for the gondola ticket.  There are loose rock on portions of the trail so hiking poles are recommended.

On a clear day there will be fantastic views at many different spots on the trail.


Crystal Mountain Ski Area

  • USGS White River Park

    Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271

    USGS Norse Peak

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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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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