Crystal Lake Trail is a 15 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and horses and is accessible from May until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Great hike and view. The views get spectacular once you get about a mile to Crystal lake. The trail gains altitude gradually and is easy to your knees hiking back to the TH.
This was a long day hike and we saw others who hiked in to stay overnight. Nice trail to Lawn Lake and then it becomes a little more difficult as the trail narrows and goes through water and shrubs. We saw Greenback Trout in Crystal lake. No snow on the trail at all today. Total distance round trip to Crystal lake and back to the trailhead was 16.1 miles according to my Garmin GPS watch.
One of the most beautiful hikes in the RMNP. Snow free for most of the part. There is some snow/overflowing stream which make it tough to follow the trail to the Crystal lake and the Saddle.
We made it to The Saddle and almost to the Fairchild Mountain. Strenuous hike with 4200 feet elevation gained in a return trip of over 20 miles. But definitely worth the awesome views. Rarely saw people after the Golden Banner fork.
I would highly recommend staying late to view the valley when the sun starts fading away. Got the best views in the evening.
Great hike!!! Once past Lawn Lake the trail is a little hard to follow with the snow cover. Well worth the hike. My wife took her Garmin step counter and racked up 21954 steps just to the top.
Well worth the hike