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Bike Directory : Self-Guided Mountain Bike Rides

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
Crystal Mountain, Washington

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE AT A GLANCE

Difficulty: Advanced
Elevation:
Elevation Gain:
Ride Distance: 13 miles
Time: 2 hours
Scenic Quality: AAA - Killer!!!

How to get there:

Washington State. Crystal Mountain Ski Resort. From North or South take I-5 to hiwhway 18 and head east. Take main exit in Auburn and head south east through Indian reservation or toward Enumclaw. Pass through Enumclaw on to Hwy 410. About 10-15 mile pass through very small town of Greenwater. Another half hour to forty minutes of driving and hang a left on Crystal Mountain Blvd. Six miles to Crystal parking lot. Park in lot and ride up mountain service roads under chairlifts to lodge at top. From bottom to top it is about 3.5 miles. Some very steep terrain. Only a few riders can ride all the way to the top. Our fastest time was 45 minutes. Refill water bottles at lodge and take in spectacular view of Mt. Rainier. Head north out along the Northway Trail. 6-7 miles of babies but smooth single track with many switch backs, gobs of wild flowers and old growth cedar trees.

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The ride:

From parking lot ride up resort service roads underneath chairlifts. Be sure to ride up to the lodge on top of the summit over looking Green Valley. Most of road is in great shape with the exception of some of the last few hundred yards. Very steep and rocky. Only a few riders can make this part of the climb. Once at top you will have a spectacular view of Mount Rainier. Awesome!!! Re-fill your water bottles and head north out to the Northway Ski Trail. Get ready for seven miles of babies butt smooth single track through wild flowers in red, blue, white, purple, yellow and pink. Pass along one alpine lake and dive into numerous steep switch backs before heading into the forest. Be sure to watch out for horse back riders coming up the trail. At the bottom ride back up the short 2 miles to your car.

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Camping:

Call Crystal Mountain about camping. Call Crystal Mountain for number to Alpinglow Inn or the Snorting Elk for lodging.

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What to bring:

Nothing special. You can re-fill your water bottle at the lodge and grab snacks.

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Where to eat:

At the top looking out at Rainier.

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Comments:

Contributed by: Santo Criscuolo, scriscuolo@kiro-tv.com

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