Lookouts and High Places July Hikes - Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

Field trip: Lookouts and High Places

Lookouts and High Places July Hikes - Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

**Trip initially open to Lookouts and High Places Day Hiking Series students. Trip will open for registration to all Mountaineers on July 17th.**

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,595 ft
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr ascent

Crystal Lakes Trail, 8 am

Sweeping views of Mount Rainier and the White River Valley, with potential to see six volcanoes from the summit on a clear day. We will hike together at a steady, conversational pace and take 5 min breaks every 1,000’ elevation gain. Before signing up, please assess your conditioning to keep the trip enjoyable for everyone.

The trail climbs under evergreen canopy the first 1.3 miles to the Crystal Lakes junction. Turning right, we follow the less-traveled peak trail and cross Crystal Creek. About halfway up, the views gradually open to sloped wildflower meadows. We eventually reach a rocky outcropping that used to have a fire lookout tower built in 1934, removed in the 1970’s. Plan for a long lunch break at the summit to enjoy amazing views all around. WTA Hike Description

MRNP timed entry reservation is not required, but trailhead parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

More details will be provided via email to registered participants. If you would like to be Co/Assistant Leader, please contact me.


Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)

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