Area: Chinook Pass
||Hike Type: Family-friendly||Pass: No Pass Req|
|Distance: 6.0 mi RT||Duration: 4 hrs||Difficulty Level: Moderate|
|Snow-Free: late-June – Oct||High Point: 5,800||Elevation Gain: 2,300|
Features: exemplary wildflowers, autumn colors, backcountry lakes, backpacking opportunities
Tucked in a cirque high above the Mather Memorial Parkway are a pair of sparkling subalpine lakes beloved by hikers of all ages and abilities. Hike to the Crystal Lakes in early season for a dazzling floral show. Hike to them in autumn for colorful foliage. The lakes make for a fine half day hike or a great place to bed down under the stars. Look for grazing deer, mountain goats and ground squirrels. And push a little farther for jaw-dropping views of Mount Rainier.