During summer months, explore the countless peaks surrounding Crystal Mountain ski area for incredible wildflower displays and up-close views of Mount Rainier. This 8.3-mile dayhike to Norse Peak starts just east of Crystal Mountain’s parking lot and follows an old miner’s road into Bullion Basin, a lush meadow dotted with seasonal wildflowers.
After 1.5 miles, bear right at the Y-junction located in the northwest corner of Bullion Basin, and hike southwest along the edge of the forest. Keep your camera handy: roughly half a mile later, the trail rounds a sharp bend and Mount Rainier pops into view. From here, the route climbs a ridgeline, then merges onto the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at mile 2.3. Follow the PCT north past views of Lake Basin and the Norse Peak Wilderness to Scout Pass. Pick up a boot path at the pass for the final 0.4-mile stretch to the 6,856-foot summit of Norse Peak. Savor views at the top before starting the descent back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography