Crystal Mountain Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews

Crystal Mountain Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Enumclaw, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Puyallup, east 47 miles on State Highway 410 to Crystal Mountain Road (Forest Service Road 7190). Turn left and drive 4.4 miles to Forest Service Road 7190-510. Turn right and drive 0.4 miles to Sand Flats camping area and the trailhead.

hiking
9 days ago

Ended up doing this trail, instead of our planned one further up the mountain, and was pleased. I had my 6mo in a carrier, and my 3yo son walked. We went about 2.5 miles in before turning back as it was just too hard for my 3yo in the slippery conditions. Definitely recommend it! It’s beautiful and so peaceful.

hiking
24 days ago

1 month ago

Took gondola up to hike down. Definitely a moderate hike - some parts steep, loose dirt and gravel. Recommend hiking boots unless your ankles are made of steel. We went around the lakes - altogether around a 6.1 mile trip. Even paying attention to the map, we still took a path we shouldn't have. They did not break the bank with their sign budget.

Tons of parking available in lot.

No one way UP ticket available just round trip and unlimited options, but I have heard you can get a DOWN only ticket for $10 at either base or summit.

TIcket office opens at 10 am in summer, but if you are hiking up to gondola ride down, go earlier in day to beat the heat.

Amazed to see some people taking bikes up the hill. Also there is a portion of trail with frisbee golf.

Amazing views of Rainier! Blazing hot day, recommend summer hike get an early start, lots of water and food, sunscreen, hat and bug spray. Saw lots of dogs on the trail.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful! Mostly single-track. Mountain and or lake views the whole way. Loved this hike!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

We rode up and hiked back down. The two dogs really enjoyed swimming in each of the lakes that we encountered. Fairly steep in a number of places.

2 months ago

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nature trips
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scenic driving
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Arrived on a Friday and camped out in our trailer in Lot B for $35. If you go on a weekend and want to Park close/in Lot A get there early. Other than that there is lots of free parking available and no pass required. We rode the Gondola up to the summit. Bought a one-way pass which is a pricey $23 or $33 for unlimited day use. The views on a clear day are spectacular. The first part of the Trail is out in the open and well maintained. Lots of wildflowers in bloom. The Trail was pretty dry and dusty. Lots of hikers with dogs off their leash, a couple mountain bikers making their way up, and other hikers going up or going down along the way. We choose to do summit to base to make it easier on the kids. Our trip was 4.7 miles.

2 months ago

Just another great doggyday

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great hike on a perfect day. The trail was well maintained and had only a few other hikers on it (love weekday hiking). Our plan was to hike up and ride the gondola down. We started at 10am and got to the top at 1pm, which on an 85° day was no bueno. We initially thought that you could only buy gondola tickets at the bottom so we waited until they opened at 10am. Had we known that you can buy down tickets at the gift shop up top, we would've started the hike around 7am and had a MUCH more enjoyable time in the cooler air. As it was we, were fine while in the tree line, but the last two miles or so you are completely exposed and the heat just beat us down. The last mile or so we were absolutely knackered and were slogging our way to the top. We'll definitely do this hike again, but we'll just get there early to enjoy the cooler temps.

hiking
2 months ago