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Crystal Mountain Gondola


Crystal Mountain Gondola

33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Crystal Mountain, WA

Crystal Mountain Resort is Mt. Rainier’s premier ski area for winter snow fun. In the summer, visitors can ride the gondola up to the summit of Crystal Mountain for what the resort claims is the best view of Rainier. You’ll experience stunning views from other vantage points, but Crystal offers a spectacular overview of the north and south Cascades that you don’t get at the park’s visitor centers. On a sunny day it’s quite magical. If it’s not sunny, we’d give it a miss, as the views are the reason to ride.

Board the 8-person gondola to ascend nearly 2,500 feet in 12 minutes and disembark just steps from the Summit House, the highest elevation restaurant in the state. You’ll find a row of lawn chairs set up to bask in the sunshine and a ridge with trails to explore. Teens might enjoy playing the free disc golf course, with one that starts at the bottom of the gondola and one at the top. We recommend lunching at the Summit House to maximize your mountain experience.

Gondola reservations aren’t necessary, but if the weather changes, do confirm it is operating. Open daily from mid-June to mid-September (check the website for the season’s schedule and hours).

Recent Traveler Reviews

Scenic Gondola

by Susie1028

I used the Mt. Rainier gondola during winter to enjoy the views from the summit of Crystal Mountain, and have lunch at the summit house. The ride was $24 roundtrip, and took about 12 minutes…
Deceptive Snow Report

by D4787EWkevinb

Don’t believe their report on their website. I spent a night yesterday with pretty much an inch of rain and they just say the snow level is “below “ the summit. It rained all night…