10.3.16 Hike of the Week: Crystal Lakes | Visit Rainier
Crystal Lakes

10.3.16 Hike of the Week: Crystal Lakes

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.

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