Summer Fun at Crystal Mountain Resort

A “just right” summer day, and a visit from Gramma was exactly the motivation we needed to go on a day trip to the Mount Rainier area via Crystal Mountain Resort.  The new gondola ride was calling our name, reminding me of the fun Slaed and I had riding a glass bottomed car on Whistler-Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak in British Columbia.  The 4 of us could enjoy the view without all the work of hiking up the mountain.

As we walked aboard, I was curious to see how Bergen would react to the ride.  I wondered if the heights would effect him.  Would he get excited? Would he even notice?

For the 10 minute ride, the view had him captivated.  As you can see, he loved pulling up on the bench or window, and looking down as we continued to climb higher and higher.  I on the other hand, became surprisingly nervous! Especially when about half way through, our car paused, and we hung motionless.  It turns out operators were just slowing down to help a car of elderly folks disembark.  I wasn’t prepared, but was put at ease when it was our turn to step off the gondola, and I witnessed one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen.

Though pricey, I think the experience is worth the cost, and it makes for a nice excursion with out-of-town guests.  We also splurged on lunch at the Summit House, the restaurant just off the gondola, which is actually Washington’s highest elevation restaurant (6,872 feet)!

Our Tips for a Good Mount Rainier Gondola Experience:

  • Even if you are just going up and down on the gondola, good, sturdy shoes are  a must.  The terrain can be unpredictable with steep ledges and rocky paths.
  • Be careful on the rocky ledges.  There are not any barriers, so the slightest misstep could have you in a scary situation.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars.  The binoculars will help you get an even closer view and you might even spot some wildlife.
  • Since we were with Slaed’s mom, we decided to make it really special and have lunch at the restaurant, but to save money, pack a simple picnic and enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in the world!

More info to know:

  • Cost for round trip gondola rides range from $0-$20 depending on age.
  • The resort is located near Enumclaw, Washington
    • 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd.
      Crystal Mountain, WA 98022
    • 1-888-754-6199 or 360-663-2265
  • So much more summer fun to be had including: hiking, frisbee golf, horseback riding, biking, lawn games (like bean bag toss!), and of course, shopping.

Stay tuned for our hike down the mountain!

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8 thoughts on “Summer Fun at Crystal Mountain Resort

    • Thanks for stopping by…yes, the hike down was the longest we’ve done in while about 6 miles), but different since it’s all down hill! I hope you get to visit soon 🙂

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