|Area: Chinook Pass
||Hike Type: Mountain views||Pass: National Park Pass|
|Distance: 7.8 mi RT||Duration: 6 hrs||Difficulty Level: Difficult|
|Snow-Free: late-June – Oct||High Point: 6,595 ft||Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft|
Features: exemplary wildflowers, sweeping views, historic fire lookout site
Stand atop this thumb of a peak and prepare to be visually blown away. Stare straight down at the White River parting a sea of verdant high peaks lapping up against the glacier-crowned Rainier. Then look across the deep glacier-trenched White River Valley to the serrated Sourdough Mountains. Cast your attention northward to the Palisades—and eastward to a high open basin cradling a sparkling alpine lake. It’s easy to see why Crystal Peak was chosen as a lookout site. The fire lookout however is long gone, but the views are as hot as ever.