7.4.16 Hike of the Week: Crystal Peak | Visit Rainier

7.4.16 Hike of the Week: Crystal Peak

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.

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