Tuesday, July 10, 2012

KUOW Hike of the Week- Crystal Peak

Updated July 10, 2012

Hike starts just east of Mt. Rainier.  Trailhead is off  Highway 410 south of Crystal Mt. Cutoff.

A great post-hike activity:  The Mt. Rainier Wine Festival at the Alpine Inn at Crystal Resort on July 14.

Mt. Rainier & White River

Check out Green Trails Maps for directions. Map for this week's trip is 269S. Click link below for complete list of maps.http:// http://greentrailsmaps.com/maps/index_Map_wa/

Less than 1/2 mile into the hike, Rainier pokes out.

Early in the hike - forest and creek crossing.

Snow crossing & good stopping place (6000 ft.)  Snow should be gone by 4th week of July.

Photo from top of Crystal Peak with view of upper Crystal Lake.

Driving directions: From Seattle take Highway 410.  Trail head is 4.5 miles past the Crystal Cutoff, with parking on the right.

Trail Stats: 7 miles round trip and a 3000 foot gain. Good workout, you do not need to go all the way as there are good views all along the way.

If you hike on Saturday June 14 after your hike check out Mt. Rainier Wine Festival at the Alpine Inn located at Crystal Mountain Resort. From 2 pm to 8 pm. Click link below for information.
http:// http://www.crystalhotels.com/mt-rainier-wine-festival/ 


After hike enjoy dining at the Summit House at Crystal Mountain Resort. Great views of Mt Rainier.

Click link below for information on the Summit House
http:// http://www.crystalmountainresort.com/Summer-Activities/Summit-House>

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