Crystal Lakes Trail to Sourdough gap

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Crystal Lakes Trail to Sourdough gap is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sunrise, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5098 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

lake

wild flowers

no dogs

From Seattle, east on I-90, south on I-405 and then south on Highway 169 to Enumclaw. In Enumclaw, south on Highway 410, 4.6 miles past junction with Crystal Mountain Boulevard find a small (easy to miss) trailhead on left.

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2 months ago

Fantastic hike! We did both the Peak and Lakes to Sourdough Gap in one day easy. In mid August and swimming in the upper lake was an absolutely refreshing complement to the hike! Would definitely do it again.

Also check out "Sourdough Gap to Crystal Lakes" on the Visit Rainier site. Covers even more terrain.

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2 months ago

trail is very maintained. no snow. we got to the trail head around 7:30 . we saw NO ONE the whole hike up. there were some people camped at the lower lake, we went the extra .5 miles to the upper lake. lake is beautiful, but TONS of bugs. bring bug spray. overall a great hike. mostly uphill. we brought a 5 year old and she did great. will do the peak next time!

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2 months ago

The view is well worth the hike! Highly suggest extending your hike up to Sourdough Gap for a view of Mt Rainier!

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I took my 9-year-old son on this trail last August for a beginner's overnight backpacking trip. Camp spots in RNP were booked so we hiked past upper crystal lake to the PCT and turned to the right at the top. That leads down to Sheep Lake where we could camp without a permit. Nice trip for a young-but-energetic hiker/backpacker.

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3 months ago

Amazing views and crystal clear water at the top.

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3 months ago

After reaching the top of crystal peak yesterday, decided to hike to the lakes afterwards. Trail is very nice and view of surrounding peaks was cool.