Crystal Mountain, Washington

Prominence: 2304 ft, 702 m

Elevation: 6998 feet, 2133 meters

True Isolation: 5.06 mi, 8.14 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 7002 ft / 2134 m
Highest SummitSilver King
SubpeaksCrystal Mountain - Silver Queen (6960 ft/2121 m)
Crystal Mountain - The Throne (6861 ft/2091 m)
Crystal Mountain - Grubstake Peak (6840 ft/2085 m)
Crystal Mountain - Summit House (6840 ft/2085 m)
Crystal Mountain - Northway Peak (6776 ft/2065 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)46° 54' 57'' N, 121° 30' 14'' W
46.915893, -121.503954 (Dec Deg)
613915 E 5196904 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionPierce

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     Mountaineers Tahoma Peaks (Rank #8)
     Washington State Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #101)
     Mountaineers 100 Peaks at Mount Rainier N.P. (Rank #25)
     Scramble Peaks at Mount Rainier N.P. (Rank #14)
     Washington State Top 200 by Prominence (Rank #101)
     Washington State Peaks with 1000 feet of Prominence (Rank #101)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 313
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 283)

Selected Trip Reports:
     2006-03-26 by Greg Slayden
     2010-05-01 by Sean Albert
     2012-08-28 by Chad Painter (GPS Track)
     2012-10-08 by Dennis Poulin (GPS Track)
     2012-10-27 by Eric J. Johnson
     2014-01-17 by James Barlow
     2015-10-16 by John Morrow
     2016-08-04 by Susan Shih
     2016-11-10 by George Burgess (GPS Track)
     2016-12-06 by Simeon Ashworth
     2017-06-10 by Mike Black (GPS Track)
     2017-06-10 by Richard Shaw
     2017-07-07 by Andrew Hladecek (GPS Track)
     2017-07-29 by Alexei Evans
     2018-04-22 by Jessica Koski
     2019-04-21 by Jessica Koski
     2019-06-22 by Dylan Fowler (GPS Track)
     2019-06-23 by Andrew Brooks
     2019-07-21 by John Murphy (GPS Track)
     2019-08-21 by Sam Grant (GPS Track)
     2019-10-26 by Joe Mikesell
     2020-03-22 by Alan Smith
     2020-06-21 by Honorio Valdes (GPS Track)
     2020-06-27 by Craig Weiland (GPS Track)
     2020-07-08 by Adam Bracchi
     2020-07-28 by Robert Jenner (GPS Track)
     2020-09-03 by Audun Holland-Goon (GPS Track)
     2020-11-08 by Enji Cooper
     2021-05-15 by Claire Jaja (GPS Track)
     2021-05-15 by Scott Kaczmarek
     2021-06-25 by Andrew Hall
     2021-09-11 by Sean Mathias (GPS Track)
     2022-05-24 by Renee Stern
     2022-07-29 by Bob Lindskov (GPS Track)
     2022-08-03 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2022-08-06 by Dennis Kiilerich (GPS Track)
     2022-08-13 by Nathan Tilley
     2022-09-15 by Caleb Morris
     2022-10-07 by Andrew Brooks
     2022-10-19 by Kurt Mallery (GPS Track)
     2023-03-26 by Stephen Bobick

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Peak Description

Crystal Mountain is a long ridgecrest running north-south, immediately northeast of the massive bulk of Mount Rainier. The largest downhill ski area in the state of Washington blankets the east face of this ridge, while the west slopes are a wilderness in Mount Rainier National Park that drops down to Highway 410.

The Crystal Mountain ski area resort complex of lifts, roads, and trails has made this crest one of the most visited major peaks in the Cascades. Every bump on the ridge has been given a name--the highest, at the south end, is called Silver King, and running north are The Throne, Silver Queen, the Summit House, Grubstake Peak, and Northway Peak. The ski area trail maps appear to inflate the summit elevations when compared with the USGS topographic map elevations; for example, Silver King is 6998 feet high on the topo map, but 7013 feet according to the ski area publications.

In winter, the High Campbell charlift (#6) takes skiers right to the top of Silver Queen, the highest point reachable without sweat. A long traverse south along the ridge and a 20 minute hike lure skiers to the summit of Silver King, where comparatively less tracked-out snow often awaits. In summer, the resort runs chairlifts to the Summit House for sightseers and mountain bikers.

Views of Mount Rainier from almost anywhere along the ridge of Crystal Mountain are dumbfoundingly awesome on clear days, but from most of the ski area "the mountain" is hidden behind you.

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Summit view, looking over Crystal Lake and Crystal Peak to Mount Rainier (1994-07-30). Photo by Dan Moore.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 2304 ft/702 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 2304 ft/702 m
  Line Parent: Cowlitz Chimneys - North Peak
  Key Col: Cayuse Pass    4694 ft/1431 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 5.06 mi/8.14 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 46.9183, -121.6108
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Dege Peak  (W)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: South Washington Cascades
Range5: South Cascade Crest
Range6: Central South Cascade Crest (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsPuyallup
Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Rainier National Park/Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Topo MapWhite River Park O46121h5 1:24,000
Ski AreaCrystal Mountain
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Silver King (or Crystal Mountain) as seen from Three Way Peak (2020-07-28). Photo by Robert Jenner.
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View of Mount Rainier from Crystal Mountain (Silver King) (2022-10-19). Photo by Kurt Mallery.
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