When a friend suggested we take Crystal Mountain's scenic gondola in the summer, Jason and I chuckled about having only ever been to Crystal Mountain in the winter to ski. Upon finding out that leashed dogs are allowed on the gondola, I knew we needed to go. Of course, we waited until the last weekend of the summer season to ride and it was mostly cloudy with scattered showers that turned into a downpour. But even in the rain, this was a great dog-friendly adventure.
The gondola operator was very kind and helped us into a less crowded gondola that he had slowed down to help the dogs ease onto it. With a lot of treats and encouragement, we got Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley all onto the car. Once we were safely away from the platform, the dogs started to enjoy themselves. Granted, they were getting lots and lots of treats, but they were also appreciating the view and the attention from the friendly people we rode up with.
About 10 minutes and 2,500 feet later, we got off the gondola (which was much easier than getting on) at 6,856 feet. Even without sunshine and a 360 degree view, it was beautiful. Keep in mind, though, that we are Cascadian and love all the shades of gray. We hiked southwest and found a relatively flat vista where we could eat lunch. 'R' Blood on the Tracks Boys took this opportunity to sniff around and play. After lunch, the fit dogs, Jason and I would have preferred to keep hiking down the mountain but we were with a less rain and cold enthused group of friends and family. So we hiked back up to the gondola for a cloudy ride down.