New Meetup: Crystal Peak (Mt Rainier)

From: Steve C
Sent on: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:21 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Eastside Hikers Meetup Group!

What: Crystal Peak (Mt Rainier)

When: Sunday, August 15,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Renton Park & Ride Lot
Shattuck Ave S
Renton, WA 98057
Call Metro Transit/King County

I don't see many Meetup hikes scheduled for this Sunday, so let's hike up to the top of Crystal Peak on the east side of Mt Rainier National Park.

We start out on the very popular trail to Crystal Lakes, but after about 1.5 miles we take the signed, but much less lesser traveled trail another 2.5 miles to the top Crystal Peak. The upper 1.5 miles is in wonderful steep flower meadows. The 6,600' summit was once a lookout site. Look straight down 1,000' to Crystal Lakes. Turn around and the view of the east side of Mt Rainier will knock your socks off. Bring your camera!

Stats: 8 miles RT with 3,100' elevation gain. Moderate social pace. The trail is nicely graded, never really steep. I've done this hike many times.

Optional side trip to Crystal Lakes if we are feeling especially perky when we return to the junction and it isn't too hot. This would add 2-3 miles RT and another 600-1,000' - a very big day! Probably won't do this, but always nice to have options on a nice day.

Bring plenty of water, good boots, and your 10 Essentials. No dogs, no babies.

Meet 7am at the Renton Park & Ride at Exit 2 on I-405. Take the Rainier Ave ramp into Renton and turn right at the first light onto Grady Way. Turn left onto Shattuck Ave and then immediately left into the P&R.

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