Crystal Lake Trail

HARD 22 reviews
#11 of 164 trails in

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.

8.5 miles 2598 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

off road driving

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

28 days ago

Don't miss the turn up to the peak. If u make it to the upper lake you've gone too far.

Very pretty hike. Did it solo. Took 2hr 45 up and 1hr down.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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!

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

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".

off road driving
4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

Hard but the most incredible views I've ever seen. Take mosquito repellant for when you get up to the lake

hiking
4 months ago

Great scenic trail, very steep but worth it, bring your dog!

4 months ago

Great hike!

5 months ago

Lovely! great alternative to Mohawk Lakes!

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful, but very muddy and snowy still

hiking
5 months ago

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.

off road driving
1 year ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked up the road 1st time.The next time I drove. Lots of scenery.

hiking
2 years ago

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.

hiking
2 years ago

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.