|Area: Crystal Mountain
||Hike Type: Mountain ridge||Pass: NW Forest Pass|
|Distance: 12.7 mi RT||Duration: 8 hrs||Difficulty Level: Difficult|
|Snow-Free: mid July – Oct||High Point: 6,872||Elevation Gain: 2,900|
Features: sweeping alpine views, wildflowers, dog-friendly, alpine meadows
Most folks know Crystal Mountain as a topnotch ski resort. But ambitious hikers can enjoy this long broad multi-summited mountain, too. Follow an adventurous trail through forests, meadows, and across ski slopes to a ridgeline traverse of the lofty mountain. In summer, admire a dazzling array of blossoming wildflowers. Throughout hiking season feast on sweeping horizon-spanning views. And stand mouth agape at the many close-up views of majestic Mount Rainier along the way.