|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.