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Crystal Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride

243 reviews
About Crystal Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride
The Mt. Rainier Gondola takes you to the top of Crystal Mountain where you'll find the best view of Mt. Rainier and the Summit House Restaurant. It's an experience unlike any other. On a clear day you can see 5 Northwest volcanoes. Each gondola seats up to 8 people and is a 12 minute ride each way. Open for sightseeing during the winter (Nov-April) and summer (June-Sept.). Schedule varies.
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Crystal Mountain, Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Mountain Scenery, Gondola Ride, and Lunch
US$258.73 per adult
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All reviews gondola ride mt rainier summit house amazing views picnic tables enjoy the view a bit pricey per person gift shop sunny day well worth the trip ski area lounge chairs parking lot take pictures hiking trails surrounding mountains
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 each way. At the top there are awesome views of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Susie1028
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 and the least they could do is tell the truth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank D4787EWkevinb
Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

The ride has breathtaking views. Really great!!! It us a must do thing. It was quite busy since they had a running going on. Unfortunately the fog didn't let us see Mount Rainier. The food at the restaurant was also surprisingly good. It is a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Jubinha
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Make sure weather is clear & sunny to enjoy this ride and place. We went in some cloudy & rainy weather and couldn't enjoy the long range scene. We still enjoyed the place at top since it was covered with clouds. Restaurant at top is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sudhirshams
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Crystal Mountain is the premier ski area in the Northwest of the U.S. The gondola holds about 4-6 people and stops at the summit in about 7-8 minutes. Crystal Mt. has 360 degree views with a fantastic view of Mt. Rainier. There are some nice...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Wildycat
Reviewed 21 September 2018

My wife is scared to death of things like this and she did just fine. It is a smooth gondola ride, and you can ride up or down facing whatever direction you want if you're scared of heights. My wife did fine with it. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DeWitt65101
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

We took the gondola up to the top of the mountain on a rainy and cloudy day, got up above the clouds and revealed an amazing day

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jordan M
Reviewed 12 September 2018

We paid $22 per person to go up on Gondola, we thought that was a bit steep!! We weren't that impressed, maybe in the winter it would be more scenic!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andrea W
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed the ride. The views were awesome. Highly recommend the experience. Would do it again. Great views of mount Reiner

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sonia B
Reviewed 1 September 2018

The gondola ride to the Crystal Mountain summit is worth the expense in order to see the view of Mt. Rainier and other mountains in the area. This is one of those things that is rather expensive, but it often a 'one time opportunity'...don't miss...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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26 August 2018|
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Response from RusPat_704 | Reviewed this property |
The view is spectacular, however visibility may be hazy due to forest fires.
22 August 2018|
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Response from Offthecouch65 | Reviewed this property |
Not with the smoke the way it is right now. Not worth the expense to go up if your main reason is to go for the view.