Crystal Lake Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews
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Crystal Lake Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.5 miles 819 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

views

Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, 47050 Generals Highway , Three Rivers, CA, 93271-9651, Phone: 559-565-3341, Fax: 559-565-3730, TTY: 559-565-3196

hiking
10 days ago

Only a serious novice would find this challenging due to well placed switchbacks and gentle grade. Trail provides good views of the valley and of Crystal Crag. With snow on the ground you rely on tread from previous hikers, but the trail is decently used so we didn't have trouble navigating. Starts with full sun exposure then heads into the trees before being exposed again near the peak.
Excellent hike with a dog that likes to run and explore.
Nov 24/2016.

24 days ago

Moderately challenging hike for novices but with plenty of overlooks to stop at. And the payoff at the end is so worth it. The lake surrounded by mountains lets you forget about whatever world you left at the base. If there is snow on the ground be prepared for slippery parts.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail - too many people.

2 months ago

Hit the trail in the afternoon or evening to avoid the crowds!
I had the whole lake to myself...almost. Quite & peaceful none the less.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday, the views of surrounding lakes on the way up was amazing. The serenity and beauty of Crystal lake make the uphill well worth the hike. Leave time to explore the lake area when you get up there. My kids didn't want to leave!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, spectacular lake views along the way. Fabulous lake at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Great. A little warm ( low 80's). Lots of people on the trail today plus groups of kids swimming.

4 months ago

Amazing hike. Definitely not for a beginner. Beautiful views and a very crystal clear lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike up a steady incline with a Crystal clear lake as a reward! find a quiet spot to skinny dip :)

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice views. Not too hard.

hiking
5 months ago

Hike up was a steady incline but not hard. Views were awesome and we were early enough that we got to see two eagle hunting Lake George. Rating a three due to crowds..On way up there was only a group of two in front and behind. Coming back at about 10:30 we ran into a solid stream of hikers making their way up. Glad we got in and out when we did. Passed family with boom box even...maybe this hike is a little too easy....

hiking
5 months ago

The views would have been more spectacular but we had haze from nearby fires.

hiking
5 months ago

Incredible vistas

5 months ago

Great hike with great views and a nice reward at the end!

6 months ago

1 year ago

1 year ago

gorgeous and sooooo worth it!

1 year ago

Scenery was fantastic! Seemed like more than a 700 ft elevation gain.