Crystal Mountain Hiking

There are wonderful places to hike at Crystal Mountain in the summer.  There are literally dozens of trails, but here are a few of our favorites.  Click here to view and download a map of Crystal Mountain’s hiking trails.

Henskin Lake:  This is a gorgeous alpine lake in an area known as Silver Basin (which also happens to be a great place to ski in the winter).  Many people like to fly fish here in the summer.  You can hike this from the base or take the Crystal Mountain trail down from the summit.

Norse Peak Trail:  This trail climbs steeply up the East Peak side of Crystal Mountain to an old lookout site.  There are great views across the valley of the ski area and Mt. Rainier.

Bullion Basin Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail: This is a pretty awesome trail.  You’ll share it with horses in the summer, but it takes you to some incredible views of Mt. Rainier.  Bullion Basin itself is a basin (duh), with gorgeous flowers and a natural spring that bubbles up right from the ground.  From Bullion Basin, you can actually intersect with the Pacific Crest Trail, and go up to Henskin Lake and come back down from there.  A good workout! 

Northway Trail:  This is a relatively easy hike along the ridge line from the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola, with great views of Mt. Rainier from almost everywhere on the trail.  We actually like to hike about 1.5 miles each way to a gorgeous meadow (covered with lupine in the summer) with unobstructed views of Mt. Rainier.  We usually turn around at this point, but the trail continues and descends to the area where a bus used to pick up skiers in the winter. 

Green Valley Trail::  This is a fun trail that Crystal put in the end of Summer 2014.  It begins by the Green Valley Chair and winds through meadows to the bottom of the Green Valley Chair.  At that point, you can choose to hike back up to the Gondola or descend all the way to the base via the Kelly’s Gap Road.