7.25.16 Hike of the Week: Henskin Lake | Visit Rainier
Henskin Lake

7.25.16 Hike of the Week: Henskin Lake

Area: Crystal Mountain
Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: None
Distance: 5 mi. RT  Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: mid-July – Oct High Point: 5,500 ft Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

Features: historic mining district, backcountry lake, kid-friendly, dog-friendly

Long before Crystal Mountain was a top notch ski resort, it was part of bustling mining area known as the Summit Mining District. Before lifts and ski trails traversed this high broad mountain bordering Mount Rainier National Park; pack trails and narrow gauge roads crisscrossed the mountain, valley below, and neighboring peaks, ridges and basins. Relics and remnants of this bygone era remain scattered among old trees and open slopes. And place names attest when Crystal was known for silver and gold and not powder. Hike to oddly-named Henskin Lake and catch a glimpse or two of the past.

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