Crystal Lake Trail 638 & Circle Peak Trail 638.1


Follow Meadow Mountain Trail #657, an old road grade, for approximately 1.5 miles to a signed junction. Go left on Crystal Lake Trail 638. Two miles past the junction swing north where the trail gets much steeper, following an old fire line bordering an old clear-cut. Enter mature forest and the Glacier Peak Wilderness, leveling out for the last 0.5 miles before entering meadows and arriving at Crystal Lake. Numerous camp spots nestle among the trees. Please camp at established sites.

To access Circle Peak Trail 638.1 follow the outlet creek of Crystal Lake to a boot path that crosses the creek just before the lake. Cross the creek and walk through a campsite to a well-established trail that switches back through small meadows and enters mature forest. The trail traverses 2.5 miles to Scar Pass, then switchbacks down to tie in with Circle Peak Trail through an old clear cut. Climb steadily through forest and meadows for about five miles. The last 200 yards to the old lookout site is for the more experienced scrambler. 

Area/Length: 5 miles one way to Crystal Lake and 7.5 miles one way to Circle Peak

  • Beginning Elevation: 2,500 feet
  • Ending Elevation: 4,500 feet Crystal Lake Trail
  • Ending Elevation: 5,983 feet Circle Peak Trail 

Washington Trails Association

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: Crystal Lake trail enters the Glacier Peak Wilderness and wilderness regulations apply limiting group size to 12.
  • This trail is not maintained for livestock.
Closest Towns: Darrington, Washington
Information Center: Check  current conditions or call  Darrington Ranger District office at 360-436-1155 or  Verlot Public Service Center at 360-691-7791.

General Information


From the Darrington Ranger District office, take Mt. Loop Highway for 9 miles south to White Chuck Road 23 and turn left (east). Follow this road for 6 miles to Rat Trap Pass Road (Forest Service road 27). Turn left (north) and drive 2.4 miles to the trailhead on your right.


From the Darrington Ranger District office, take Highway 530 north 7 miles to Suiattle River Road (Forest Service road 26) on the right. Follow Forest Service road 26 for 10 miles to the junction with Forest Service road 25, turn right, crossing the river, and proceed 3.5 miles to Rat Trap Pass/Straight Creek road (Forest Service road  27) on the right. Follow Forest Service road 27 for 7 miles to the Meadow Mt/Crystal Lake trailhead on the left.

General Notes:


  • Darrington Ranger District
  • Green Trails: Sloan Peak 111

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  Area/Length : 
5 miles & 7.5 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
2,500 feet - 5,983 feet