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Crystal Lake

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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4.4 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.


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Enjoy a family friendly like to a sweet mountain lake surrounded by lovely meadow. There are two ways to access this lake, but the route described here is shorter. (The lake can also be accessed from Forest Road 2700, south of Rat Trap Pass. That trailhead also provides access to the Meadow Mountain Trail.) 

There are two trails that leave from the trailhead described here. The Crystal Lake Trail begins heading roughly south, with a brief climb up to ridge. After dropping over the ridge, the trail continues throughs woods, mostly at a gentle grade downward, until reaching the lake after 2.2 miles. Keep left at the junction to follow the short spur trail toward the lake.

Watch for tadpoles and frogs in the lake and the in the little stream around it.

If, when you return, you're feeling like you'd like more hiking, you can try the other trail from the same trailhead and climb up to Circle Peak, which is 5.2 miles roundtrip. 


Crystal Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.2195, -121.3478 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Crystal Lake (#638)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111 map

Getting There

From Darrington, head north on Hwy 530 to Forest Road 26/Suiattle River Road. Follow FR 26 for about 10 miles and turn right onto FR 25, which takes you across the Boundary Bridge. At the junction, keep right on FR 2700. Keep left at the junction to turn onto FR 2703. Follow to the trailhead, near the end of the road. 

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