Crystal Mountain Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length9.3 miElevation gain2,608 ftRoute typeOut & back
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SEASONAL CLOSURE: During ski season, this trail is closed to hikers and snowshoers.

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Enumclaw Ranger Station 450 Roosevelt Avenue East, Enumclaw, WA 98022 Tel : 360.825.6585

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.

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Si .
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Learned the hard way: Hiking/snowshoeing this trail is not allowed during the ski season. Check Crystal mountain website for ski season dates as well as for open snowshoeing trails

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Jennifer Simpson
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Maria Way
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Beautiful place. Will come back with my kayak and tent to spend a weekend.

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Dena Whipple
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HikingGreat!

Took the gondola to the top and hiked down. This trail covers all the usual ground cover- dirt, sand, rock and occasional tree roots. Some areas are out in the open with sun, other areas are in the cool forest. Some spots were quite steep, others were a gentle slope. Not too crowded on the actual trail, though the gondola and other public areas were crowded. Took my husband, my teenage son and I about 2 1/2 hours to get down, including a stop for lunch at a lovely lake.

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Steve Jackson
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Briauna Marquis
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HikingGreat!

There were tough spots but they would then have space to rest while walking almost level! My 7 (size of 4 year old), 10, and 12 year old hiked to the top and rode the gondola down. The views all along the way were beautiful including looking down and seeing all we accomplished.

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Shawn Marquis
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We hiked up then road the gandola down. Well worth it such an amazing sight.

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Kyle Watson
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HikingGreat!
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R Agr
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HikingGreat!

We did this hike during 2nd week of August. We went up by gandola and hiked down. It was beautiful hike all the way. It took us 2.5 hrs to come down. I had 9 yr and 14 yrs old kids. Both did great. Hike is steep down at the beginning for almost a mile with gravels and at the end as well. Middle of the hike is not very steep. We all slipped couple of times. Highly recommend poles and proper hiking shoes. We didn’t experience much mosquitoes as mentioned by couple of people. Very less crowd and most of them were wearing masks. Bathrooms at crystal mountain are very clean. They are sanitizing gandola every after ride. It was very crowded at the top and restaurant had almost 30 minutes of waiting line.

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Kristi M.
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Got to parking lot at 8:45, mostly empty, hiked up and took gondola down, only came across people in the last mile or so near the top, lots of people coming down. Gorgeous day!

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Till We Meet Again
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BackpackingGreat!

Busy trail of peeps going up and down the trail. Families with little kids taking the challenge and older folks too. Dogs on leash!

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Denise Driscoll
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Hiked this on Sunday. Not too many hiking up but a few more headed down. Beautiful day and perfect weather for a hike. My hiking buddy consumed lots of wild blueberries and wild strawberries!

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Leslie Bateman
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike down. Some exposure, much in the woods lower down. Very few people on a Friday afternoon. Somewhat slippery on the steep parts. Poles were useful. Still beautiful wild flowers higher up. At a moderate pace it takes 2:30-3:00 hours to get down (with a few stops for pictures ).

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Walter Hansen
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Great up on the trail. had a newbie that we thought coming down the road would be better, shorter but not easier

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Ryan Tinker
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Great trail but crowded

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Lori Thiemann
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HikingGreat!

I rated a 4 only because it kicked my butt at the end!!! Lol :). Overall very nice and scenic. We hiked up and took the gondola down. Bring more water than you think. We started at 10 am so the last 3/4 mile at the top was very, very steep with the sun burning down on us with no shade at all. With only a 1/4 mile left I had to sit and rest for five mins too. Our own fault I guess. Once at the top the views paid off. A lovely way to spend the day and now I can say I did it :)

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Jodie Prescott
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HikingGreat!
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Tammy Visser
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Rode the gondola up, hiked Crystal Mountain Trail, then did Bear Gap Trail, and finished on the Silver Creek Trail. A few little off shoots from the trials led us to lakes as well. Highly recommend stopping at Elisabeth Lake. A huge mountain goat did run up the trail below our switch back on Bear Gap. That was a nice surprise. The end of Silver Creek Trial ( or beginning of you start it from the lodge area) is really steep. Lots of bugs out, but mostly bee's doing their job with those beautiful wild flowers. They left us alone for the most part. Mosquitos near some of the areas with muddy/stagnant water. Bug spray is a must.

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Amber Lipscomb
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Gondola up and hiked down. Several routes to choose. Breathtaking views by the lake and small falls along the way. Not crowds but people out.

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Brennan Voss
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I took the gondola up and went down the this trail. It was okay going down but it’s steep and loose so it wouldn’t be a fun hike up. Also a lot of the hike is exposed and very hot. There was a lot of amazing wildlife including tons of cascades frogs and lake trout. However, the bugs were TERRIBLE. Even with lots of bug spray I got like 15 bites. Very pretty location with lots of beautiful likes but the trail is hard and the bugs were unfortunate.

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LaChelle Dro
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HikingGreat!

We started at around 9am. Not heavily trafficked. 50% of people with masks but everyone was generous with social distancing when passing. Lots of flowers. Beautiful winding woods. Some very steep parts. It was foggy so we didn’t get to see Mt. Rainer but still a beautiful hike. We hiked up and took the Gondola down.

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Mike Corbett
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The first half of this trail is pretty uneventful as you’re walking through a forest, however when you reach the first pond the trail and hike explode with new experiences including marshes, old growth forests, ridge views, catwalks, etc.. Hiked in July when the wild flowers were in bloom and it was amazing. Nice to have a respite at the top with lodge. They also were blasting out the best of the 80’s, which I enjoyed. The first and last 1/4 miles are serious calf burners. It happens to be the only sections of the trail which are gravel based. Two groups around me bailed after the first 1/4 mile due to the intensity of the climb. Pay attention to the weather before committing to the trail. I was supposed to do this trail the year before, but didn’t because of the weather. It was about a 30 degree difference at the trailhead than in King County so I opted for a lower elevation hike in the area as I didn’t have the right clothing.

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LeeAnn Lehni
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We took the gondola up to the peak so we could hike down to the ski resort!!! The wild flowers were amazing!!! My hubby who is not a hiker loved the spectacular vistas, wildflowers, and varied flora! Fantastic August hike!!!

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Angie Byrne
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Rose the gondola up and hiked down. Beautiful wildflowers! Quite buggy, bring bug repellant. Great views all the way down. Good signage too!

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Claire Tyler
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Beautiful, scenic trail! Not very crowded around midday on a Friday!

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Daniel Chang
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Luxe hiking at its best. Took the gondola up and then hiked down, but next time totally doing the opposite. Blown away by the beauty of this hike on the edge of Rainier. Breathtaking.

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Megan Gonzales
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Great trail! We hiked down after taking the gondola to the top. Loose rocks atop dusty trail made for some slippery sections - highly recommend poles. Bugs were out, which made for very short rests only when necessary, but not so bad if you kept moving. Wildflowers are in force toward the top! Perfect weather and was happy to see nearly all in the trail with masks for proper Covid-19 precautions!

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Alessandra Riccio
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The gondola was amazing and the restaurant at the top was actually pretty good. The loss of two stars comes from the hike down. If you want to get eaten alive I would recommend this hike. Bugs will be all over you basically the entire hike (Bug spray doesn’t help AT ALL). Got lost at one point because we tried following the AllTrails map. The view and gondola were amazing and will definitely be back for that.... Just not the hike

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