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Crystal Peak Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.7 mile 4.4 kilometer point to point
60% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,943' 592 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 6,553' 1,997 m
Low: 4,610' 1,405 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

Summit Crystal Peak on this trail for a panoramic view of six volcanic cones.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

A trip to Crystal Peak (five miles round-trip from the Crystal Lakes Trailhead) is well worth the effort. On a clear day five volcanoes can be seen from this 6615 ft. former fire lookout site. Start early in the day if you plan on venturing to the peak as the trail traverses a shadeless south-facing slope which can be very hot and dry during summer.

Take the Crystal Lakes trail from the trailhead for 1.25 miles to a junction with this trail. Descend slightly and ford the stream. As the trail ascends, your surroundings will transition from dense forest to meadows and pastoral forest. The final push to the summit is steep and exposed to the elements. Again, the effort is well worth the reward.

Take in the panoramic views before retracing your steps to the trailhead.

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Mount Rainier.
Oct 29, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
Mt Rainier and the White River from Crystal Peak.
Mar 4, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Crystal Lakes hide in the shadow of Crystal Peak. While you'd never know it from this photo, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort is located just on the other side of the ridgeline.
Apr 11, 2017 near Eatonville, WA
In its upper section along the alpine meadow, the Crystal Peak Trail is in wonderful shape, not to mention it boasts beautiful wildflowers in the spring!
Apr 11, 2017 near Eatonville, WA
Gorgeous views of Rainier and the Southern Cascades await you on the Crystal Peak Trail.
Apr 11, 2017 near Eatonville, WA

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