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Summer Adventures at Crystal Mountain

High-Altitude Adventures to Elevate Your Summer

Painted with wildflowers and surrounded by volcanos, Crystal Mountain offers scenic gondola rides and guided trips to explore the unique treasures of the alpine year-round.

Crystal Mountain wild flowers
Crystal Mountain wild flowers

Out of this world, easy to reach. Washington’s premier ski destination is a hub for outdoor adventures and photo-ops in the summertime. New this summer, guided trips are available to book to enhance your experience on the mountain. Local specialists share the secrets of the alpine with activities such as seasonal foraging and fly-fishing. There are always more treasures to be discovered, whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit this season.

Less than a two-hour drive from Seattle, yet curiously remote, Crystal Mountain is an adventurous escape for everyone. Visitors come from far and wide to take a ride up the Mount. Rainier Gondola. Climbing over 2,400 feet from base to summit, the gondola carries up to eight passengers per cabin with 360-degree views. Mount. Rainier will meet you face to face for a breathtaking experience at the top, along with other famous volcanic peaks in sight. Interpretive signs and knowledgeable staff can help you identify Mount. Adams, Mount. St. Helens, Mount. Baker, and Glacier Peak lining the horizon.

Ready to set a new personal record? The highest elevation restaurant in Washington is perched just steps from the gondola, where the food rivals the views. Summit House is a bucket-list worthy venue for all, with a full-service experience indoors or casual dining on the patio.

Elevating the natural beauty of the Northwest, specialty dinners at Summit House are available by reservation in July and August, serving four-course meals with seasonally inspired ingredients. Farm to Mountain Dinners are offered every Saturday, Full Moon Dinners are offered once a month, and Meteor Shower Dinners are offered mid-August during peak viewing. Reservations are required, these unique dinners sell out fast!

Where else will these warm summer days take you? The tree-lined drive up is an adventure in its own right, with peak-a-boo views of Mount Rainier and tall waterfalls along the White River. Endless evergreens keep the air fresh and the skies clear. The vastness of it all can be an exhilarating experience. It never gets old.

With wildflowers beginning to bloom, and wide open space to wander, it’s prime time to explore the alpine. Seasons change quickly and dramatically, highlighting the diversity of the ecosystem. You may be see Roosevelt Elk grazing or find mountain goat tracks on the trail. This is where we all come to retreat and find peace, surrounded by natural beauty.

Whether it’s a solo trip, family outing, or group activity, there’s something for everyone to explore. Crystal Mountain invites you to take your summer to new heights in the Pacific Northwest. Adventures await.

Advertising Disclosure: This content is provided by Crystal Mountain, an advertiser of AAA Washington. The content doesn’t necessarily represent the views of AAA Washington.

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