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Northway Down

 2 votes

Length

8.0 Miles 12.8 Kilometers

83%

Runnable

85%

Singletrack

Elevation

484' 147 m

Ascent

-2,942' -897 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

6,811' 2,076 m

High

3,896' 1,187 m

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A fun downhill run with views of Mt. Rainier. You can either ride the gondola up or run to the start!

Ben Stephens

Overview

Eat dessert first! This downhill arc starts at the high point of Crystal Mountain with views of Rainier and the White River awaiting at the start after your gondola ride up. It then follows the ridgeline north and descends via sandy singletrack into soft forest trails and eventually back up the valley to the Crystal Mountain parking lot. You can get to the start of this run via gondola or by running south on a complementary uphill run.
Features: Birding — Lake — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Full service bathrooms are open to the public in the Crystal Mountain Resort complex by the main parking lot. See the Crystal Mountain Resort website for gondola ticket prices and hours. There is also a restaurant at the top.

Description

This run starts at the scenic top of Crystal Mountain Resort, which is served by a gondola ride. Alternatively, one can run up to the starting point via the Silver Creek Trail and Crystal Mountain Trails.

Although a few sections are rocky, the majority of this run is on fine, sandy singletrack, largely following the Northway Trail. The last mile of downhill is almost too much of a good thing: soft pine needles cushion a trail weaving down through thick forest. It is easy to pick up the pace if you want to! Rocks and roots are infrequent in this section.

The last segment follows a forest road to the Power Line Trail which connects back to the parking lots and gondola station.

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Aug 18, 2017
Shaun Bawden
Red Loop of the Ragnar Trail Rainier Relay and I loved this run. Of course I ran it during the day and not the night. 8.5mi
Jul 16, 2017
Ben Stephens
8mi — 1h 34m

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Ben Stephens
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Ben Stephens   Seattle
The "yellow loop" of a 2017 RAGNAR trail relay race roughly follows Northway Down. Jul 20, 2017

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