With a 6582' summit, Crystal Mountain Tr1163 is a high-elevation, high-summer loop which offers great views of Mountain Rainier and the White River valley.
After the initial ascent, the trail continues to challenge riders as it winds along, just below the Crystal Mountain ridgeline.
As is nearly always the case, it is easier to ride the top of a ridge than to ride a parallel track.
The result of riding an off-piste ridgeline trail is a number of short, steep climbs and descents, just to maintain elevation.
A typical ski resort ride, Crystal Mountain Tr1163 consists of short sections of singletrack stitched together with doubletrack.
Those seeking contiguous, back country singletrack should look elsewhere.
Ridgeline ride? The 2.2mi FR410 (sometimes called FR184) climb is easy enough, with a steeper ascent on Silver Cr Tr1192 to (the oddly named) Hen Skin lake, followed by a 2mi ascent to the ridgeline, then 2mi of actual ridgeline riding before the steep, equestrian-dodging descent back to the TH.
Those seeking more ridgeline in the area might try Noble Knob Tr1184.
The Area topo map includes the nearby Norse Peak Wilderness trails, with several good day-hike options from Crystal Mountain or SR140.
With easy access from the resort, expect traffic on Norse Peak Tr1191, Goat Lake Tr1161 and Bullion Basin Tr1156 looped with Pacific Crest Tr2000. Bullion Basin Tr1156 south fork is closed due to erosion on the steep terrain.
Crow Lake Way Tr953 and Union Creek Tr956 offer more seclusion and are easily accessible from SR140, with camping nearby.
Crystal Mountain Trail 1163, Hen Skin Lake Trail 1193, Silver Creek Trail 1192
Bone Lake Trail 1172.1, Buck Creek Trail 1169, Christoff Trail 1171, Dalles Ridge Trail 1173, Deep Creek Trail 1196, Divide Trail 1172, Doe Falls Trail 1174, Grass Mountain Trail 1170, Noble Knob Trail 1184, Palisades Trail 1198, Ranger Creek Trail 1197, Skookum Flats Trail 1194, Suntop Trail 1183, White River Trail 1199
Basin Trail 987, Basin Lake Trail 987A, Bear Gap Trail 967, Bullion Basin Trail 1156, Cougar Valley Trail 951A, Crow Lake Way Trail 953, Fog City Trail 967A, Goat Lake Trail 1161, Norse Peak Trail 1191, Pacific Crest Trail 2000-I, Union Creek Trail 956
American Ridge Trail 958, Dewey Lake Way Trail 968, Kettle Creek Trail 957, Mesatchee Creek Trail 969, Pleasant Valley Loop Trail 999
Crystal Lake Trail, Eastside Trail, Naches Loop Trail
Corral Pass Campground, The Dalles Campground, Lodgepole Campground, Pleasant Valley Campground, Silver Springs Campground, White River Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.