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Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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  • The Parking Lot offers great views.- Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails
  • Old-growth trees on the Crystal Springs Trails.- Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails
  • Old-growth trees on the Crystal Springs Trails.- Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails
  • The Roller Coaster Loop lives up to its name- Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails
  • The terrain includes some downhill sections.- Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails
  • Great views from the Crystal Springs Trails.- Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails
  • Crystal Springs Trails.- Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails
  • Crystal Springs Trails.- Crystal Springs Sno-Park Trails
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Pros: 
Fairly secluded. Well groomed. Lots of trails. Non-motorized area.
Cons: 
Some motorized traffic nearby. Access is slightly longer than neighboring sno-park trail systems.
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Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
155.00 ft (47.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,431.00 ft (740.97 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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In an area with a heavy concentration of cross-country skiing options, Crystal Springs remains fairly uncrowded. The area is slightly farther from I-90 than Cabin Creek Cross Country Trails or Hyak, and the parking lot is shared with enthusiastic snowmobilers. Contrary to popular belief, however, the cross-country trails at Crystal Springs are completely separate from the snowmobile tracks, and the trails are open to dogs and snowshoers. All things considered, Crystal Springs is one of the best kept secrets for cross-country skiing in Washington.

And the views begin from the parking area, which is surrounded by mountain peaks (in addition to a sno-park permit, you'll need a groomed trails permit). Park near the trailhead in the non-motorized use area, which is clearly marked on the north side of the parking lot.

Once you are in the old-growth forest of Crystal Springs, plenty of available trail routes await. Starting on the Beginner Loop is an easy way to find your rhythm and expose yourself to some of the views you'll be seeing all day. From there, check out the meadow loop and forest loop to see some Pacific Northwest scenery at it's best, and if you're able to sustain some climbing and gracefully travel down hill on cross-country skis, the Rollercoaster loop is a must and can guarantee you some solitude in this already quiet sanctuary. 

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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