Crystal Lake Trail is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
Take Spruce Creek Rd., south of Breckenridge, off Hwy. 9, next to the Goose Pasture Tarn, and follow it to Crystal Creek, off ti the right. Follow the $ wheel drive road to the lower lake.
It was uphill the entire hike in and the last half mile is pretty much straight up the side of a mountain but it was totally worth it. We stopped at the falls which is right before you have to go up the mountain and they were gorgeous. The lake at the end of the trail is so worth the trek. The views are amazing!
Very nice alpine hike. At the beginning passes through a pretty spruce forest, so no beetle killed trees around. Hiked this from Francies Cabin October 1st and you quickly move into alpine meadows. If not going all the way to the upper lake then just go a few switchbacks above the first lake for outstanding views, including a classic and very impressive rock glacier.
Really quite stunning once you get above the tree line. Second lake is VERY high and the trail flirts with 13,000ft. Among the best non-summit hikes I've ever done- it's a 4x4 road much of the way that might turn off some but, the reward 1st and 2nd lakes are soooooooooo worth it
Very steep first mile or so but don't be put off because after that it's a steadier climb to superb views across the valley and lovely lake settings. Very quiet even on a beautiful Fall Saturday - we saw just 10 people and 2 vehicles on the whole route.
Good trail, fairly steep the whole way but pretty short. Great lake once you get up there. A lot less crowded than Mohawk Lakes out of same trailhead.
8/3/16- Scenery and the lake are beautiful. The trail itself is difficult and narrow for a moderate 4x4 trail. There were several other vehicles and hikers even on a Monday and Tuesday but some open camping areas at the top and along the road leading up to the lake.
I drive a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 3" lift and 32" tires and this trail definitely maxed that out in some parts.
Fishing was okay, nothing over 9".
Such a blast! I took up my Jeep Wrangler and could not have had a better experience. 4WD is definitely needed. I did not have any issues with clearance with my vehicle but be weary of it. Have fun!
Hard but the most incredible views I've ever seen. Take mosquito repellant for when you get up to the lake
Great scenic trail, very steep but worth it, bring your dog!
Lovely! great alternative to Mohawk Lakes!
beautiful, but very muddy and snowy still
Awesome trail, I literally saw NO ONE else on this trail today besides at the extremely crowded parking lot. I sun bathed (European style) and ate lunch at the top for an hour. It was extremely quiet for a hike on a June Saturday, besides the marmots and birds shouting their alarms at me with the random crashing of rocks falling off the cliffs. Bring stabilizers/snowshoes, I post-holed over half the way up the trail, my legs are bloody and feet were soaked but the view and serenity at the top were totally worth it.
Fun heading up. Real rocky going up. No issue whatsoever for my 4Runner. There were several Subaru Outbacks quite a ways up. Stock 4x4 and AWD vehicles with decent ground clearance shouldn't have any problem.
Hiked up the road 1st time.The next time I drove. Lots of scenery.
Great hike though there are some real rough spots in the 4WD road. The elevation gain to lower lake is almost 1600' (not 1153', check topos). Should be a lovely hike in best wildflower season.
Great trail. It is a steep hike but well worth it. Up and down was about 5.5 miles. The views are breathtaking and you won't want to put your camera up. It took me about 3.5 hrs to do this hike and I am in pretty good shape. Once you get to the lake you will forget about the hike up.
Took this trail down from Francie's Cabin and after a fresh snowfall. There was about 14 inches of snow on the ground. It was fairly steep in places but other than that fairly easy. Going up this trail would be a different story. The views were fantastic and the fresh snow made everything seem much more remote than it was.
Nice maintained Park Service trail, scenic overlook.