Adventuring around Crystal Mountain and Mt. Rainier

Kids are on spring break so what better place to still get some good powder snow, but also some good hiking in the woods.  We headed down to Alta Crystal Resort (highly recommend them!). We reserved a cool chalet with a loft so we had plenty of space.  They do some fun activities on the property, like a huge bonfire on Saturday nights.  They supply all the ingredients for smores along with drinks, including beer and wine for adults! They have a  pretty nice heated pool as well with hot tub!

We rode the gondola up to the top of Crystal Mountain.  It was a bit foggy when we arrived so we decided to have lunch at the restaurant at the top.  By the time we were done eating, all the fog was done and we had a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier.  They have some fun summer chairs set up along the upper ledge so people can enjoy the view. We even got to see and feed the high altitude birds you frequently find while hiking on Mt. Rainier.

During the day we ventured out on some trails on the back of the property.  We tried to hike up Goat Falls, but there was still quite a  bit of snow and you definitely needed traction wear to make it. Unfortunately I did not pack them so we had to turn around.  The forest is full of streams and super green moss.  I could have spent a few hours at the stream taking photos!  I’m sure i was down there for awhile playing around with shutter speeds and filters.  Came away with some pretty cool photos! A couple that I might frame.

We took the sleds up near Crystal Mountain so the kids could play for awhile.  I got to try out my new shoe shoes!  Can wait to go on a snow shoeing adventure!

I can’t wait to head back to Mt. Rainier in the summer and do some more hiking!

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