22 Aug 2014

Crystal Lakes Trail


One of the things W and I did while on my 10 days off from this blog was hike the Crystal Lakes Trail. It's 3 miles (4.8km) long one way, ascending 2300 feet (700m). We were both out of hiking shape, so it was a pleasantly strenuous hike, but even at our "relaxed pace" we managed to get to the top in 2.5 hours, and then make it back down in just under 1.5 hours.




On the way up, it feels like the switchbacks are endless! But once you get to the first Crystal Lake, then the alpine meadow in bloom, then the upper Crystal Lake with its ring of jagged peaks, it becomes clear that it was all worth it.

Lower Crystal Lake






The wildflowers were my favorite part, until we got to the end of the trail at Upper Crystal Lake!

Upper Crystal Lake





There was a tiny trail circling the lake, sometimes quite precariously, and sometimes winding through tiny green meadows.




There were a few opportunities to catch close-up glimpses of Mount Rainier. Though during the whole hike up, and back down, we encountered no other people, There were a few groups camping around the lake.

10 comments:

  1. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, Nick.

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  2. That sure is a photogenic area. You had great weather too. We're going to a national park on Monday when it's free.

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    1. It was hot in Tacoma, but the temperature hovered around 66 degrees along the trail.

      The nice thing is you don't even need to go into the pay area of the park to get to this trail.

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  3. Nice photos - great to vicariously share that beautiful hike with you - without all the huffing and puffing!

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  4. Very nice photos and place to hike. You sure live in a beautiful place. Makes be miss MT and want to get out of boring old FL much faster.

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    1. It's good to know that I'm helping you want to get out of Florida even more. I really can't see the appeal of a flat, hot, humid place!

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  5. Breathtaking scenery! Grandaddy's 'The Crystal lake' came to mind as I read this. Probably not related though! :)

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