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Itinerary 2: Seattle - Crystal Mountain

Itinerary 2:
Day 1: Seattle - Crystal Mountain
Day 2: Crystal Mountain - Mount Rainier National Park
Day 3: Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford, Mineral Lake, Eatonville

Day 1 Seattle - Crystal Mountain

Federation Forest State Park

Three, short interpretive loop trails with old growth Douglas firs, Sitka spruce, western red cedars, interpretive center and gift shop.

Lunch: Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain is a ski area situated in the northeast corner of the park. It is a winter playround with excellent snowshoeing and alpine skiing opportunities in more than half a dozen basins and peaks.
Silver King is Crystal Mountain's summit with 7,012 feet and a vertical of over 3,100 feet. Enjoy fantastic views of Mt. Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, Hood, and Baker. The mountain averages 350 inches of snowfall annually.

Mt. Rainier National Park: Sunrise Visitor Center

Located at the east entrance of Mount Rainier National Park, the center informs visitors about the natural history of Mount Rainier including the volcano’s recent eruptive history through exhibits, photographs, maps, and colorful computer-generated illustrations.
At an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle at Mount Rainier National Park. In summer, mountain meadows abound with wildflowers. On clear days, Sunrise provides breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, Emmons glacier, and many other volcanoes in the Cascade Range. These views and an excellent trail system make Sunrise the second most visited location in the park. The Sunrise Visitor Center is open daily from early July to early October and closed in winter. The Sunrise Day Lodge, open only from early July to late September, offers food service, and a gift shop. There is no overnight lodging at the Sunrise Day Lodge. Enjoy nice day hikes and marvelous photo-ops. Guided interpretive programs are available.

Dinner: Summit House, ride a chairlift to the top of the mountain for a sunset view of Mt. Rainier Seasonal, reservation required. Situated at 6,872 feet, this mountaintop restaurant is Washington State's highest restaurant.
Overnight: On- or near Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier



GPS Coordinates

1 -- Chrystal Mountain
Decimal Lat: 46.938694 / Lon: -121.473098

2 -- Mount Rainier Peak
Decimal Lat: 46.853378 / Lon: -121.759187

3 -- Sunrise Visitor Center
Decimal Lat: 46.914503 / Lon: -121.64276


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