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This Meetup is cancelled

Crystal Peak

  • Fred Meyer

    20904 Highway 410 , Bonney Lake, WA (map)

    47.168190 -122.148075

  • We will meet in the deli section of Fred Meyer
  • Here's another former lookout site from which we can experience phenomenal views. The panoramic views spread out in 360 degrees, with Mount Rainier's northeastern flank dominating the scenery along with the stunning spires of the Norse Peak Wilderness. 

    It's possible to encounter elk as well as hawks/eagles while on this trail and with huckleberries covering the hillsides fall colors could be a highlight.

    • Distance: 8.0 miles

    • Elevation gain: 3100 ft

    • Difficulty:  Moderately difficult  - steady steep climb

    • Hiking speed - moderate to fast

    • High Point: 6595 ft

    • Parking Pass Required: National Park Pass or $15 per vehicle entrance fee

    • Dog Friendly:  No

    Bring a daypack with extra food, water, and of course the rest of the ten essentials including bug spray, sunscreen/hat, and clothing layers. Weather is particularly unpredictable in the mountains this time of year so plan ahead for all kinds of weather. Please bring $10 for drivers to help with gas as well as money for park entrance fee if needed.

    This is a weather permitting event.  Rainy forecast will cancel this event.



    Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.

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  • Vipin

    I was reading about the government shutdown on WTA website. This is what I see. -- Roads that go through or around National Parks will remain open—SR 20 across North Cascades National Park and SR 410 around Mount Rainier—but roads that provide access into the park will be gated.

    410 is open but entrance to park/roads inside will be closed. Is it still possible to get to trailhead ?

    October 1, 2013

    • Paul

      In case that wasn't clear, yes, we will be able to drive to the trailhead.

      1 · October 1, 2013

    • Richard

      Crystal Mt is open for skiing.... I suspect there will still be snow I'm opting out . Hoping Oct brings sunny days. Have fun. I'll be taking the pup out

      October 3, 2013

  • Paul

    FYI, from WTA website re: Nat. Parks:
    Update 10/2: The contingency plan also states that day use visitors—and that would include hikers—would be asked to leave the park. As such, WTA does not recommend hiking in National Parks during the shutdown. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is also advising the same for PCT thru-hikers.

    October 3, 2013

  • Paul

    Hmmn, we may have a different kind of problem for Sat:

    October 1, 2013

  • Paul

    Let's hope the current Nat. Weather Service forecast holds true for Saturday: THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER THE REGION TOWARD THE END OF THE WEEK. Another good thing about choosing this trail for the coming weekend: if there is a government shutdown and the park is closed, we can still hike since the Hwy 410 corridor will remain open!

    Hope we get to do this, seems like a lovely spot for an Oct. hike

    1 · September 30, 2013


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