Hiking From Alta Crystal Resort

Alta Crystal Resort is tucked in the national forest, and there are miles and miles of trails from your door.  In fact, you could hike to Mexico or Canada from here (via the Pacific Crest Trail) without moving your car!


The Loop Trail: A good 45-minute hike is our loop trail up to Corral Pass road and then back down to our field.  This trail passes by Deep Creek (one of the prettiest mountain streams around), goes through a ravine to a nice viewpoint of the White River Valley and then circles through old-growth trees back to our field.  In the spring, you’ll often see elk especially in the early evening. 

If you just want a short hike or you’re traveling with little ones, it’s also nice to just do the first 10-15 minutes of this trail across the two foot bridges on Deep Creek.  Take the trail to the left just past the second bridge to Deep Creek Falls.  Notice how the natural air-conditioning of the stream lowers the temperature by about 10 degrees.

Deep Creek Trail To Noble Knob: This is a more aggressive hike with great views of Mt. Rainier.  Take plenty of water since the trail is steep. This is one of our favorite trails since it’s usually deserted and, about 3 ½ miles up, you’ll come to a clearing with great Mt. Rainier views.  Along the way, there are also some nice viewpoints of the White River Valley.  In the early spring & late fall, expect snow as you climb and snowshoes might be required towards the top.

Goat Falls: This is a great hike with kids (and it’s pretty wonderful for adults too)! Although it’s listed in The Mountaineers’ Best Hikes With Kids, the trail isn’t usually crowded   Along the way, you’ll get great views of the White River Valley, pass some very old (approximately 250-500 year old) trees and charming old cabins, and pass some really nice wading spots.  Goat Falls itself is a 20-foot waterfall that’s absolutely gorgeous!  

White River Trail to Dry Creek, Camp Sheppard and Snoquera Falls: This trail goes approximately 2 miles each way to Camp Sheppard, which is a Boy Scout Camp.  You can continue on the trail about another 1 ½ miles to Snoquera Falls, which is especially pretty in the spring and early summer.  Along the way, you’ll pass a couple of large log cabins and some pretty streams.  Many trail runners like this one because it is relatively flat.  

Forest Trails: There is a whole series of forest trails that start from our field and driveway and wind through the trees.  These are especially nice in the early morning and evening when you’ll often surprise elk and deer grazing.  Again, consult the map for more details, but you shouldn’t get lost as long as you remember which side the highway is on.