Grand views await you here, as Crystal Peak stands between the stunning spires of the Norse Peak Wilderness and the mighty summit of Mount Rainier's northeastern flank. You might encounter elk; you'll surely see soaring hawks and/or eagles; and if you time it right, you'll be waist deep in huckleberries on the upper slopes of the peak. If the berries aren't ripe yet, no worries--you'll find wildflowers in bloom along the way.
Location Mt. Rainier -- NE - Sunrise / White River Mount Rainier National Park Statistics Roundtrip 8.0 miles Elevation Gain 3100 ft Highest Point 6595 ft Features Wildflowers/Meadows Mountain views Summits Wildlife Dogs not allowed National Park Pass (http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/passes/passes-and-permit-info) Green Trails Mount Rainier East Map No. 270 Driving Directions: From Enumclaw, drive east 42 miles on State Route 410 to the trailhead parking lot on the right, just 4.5 miles after passing through the park's entryway arch.
From Day Hiking Mt. Rainier by Dan Nelson
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