CHS 2 Hike - Crystal Mountain Backcountry

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Crystal Mountain Backcountry

Silver Creek, Crystal Mountain to Northway Trail. CHS 2 hike led at a pace of 2.0-3.0 mph.

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

7:30 at the Crystal Mountain Resort (map)

We'll head up to Norse Peak then follow the PCT around to the Crystal Mountain Trail. We have an option to eat at the Summit House before taking the gondola down ($30 ticket). If riding the gondola is cost-prohibitive for anyone, we can hike down via  Green Valley and Kelly's Gap.  Riding the gondola reduces the mileage, so we will add mileage along the PCT or the Northway 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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