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Nice trail, but very busy. Great scenery a few minutes into the hike, but I'd you are looking for a quiet hike this might not be the ideal trail for you, however If you want an easy trail for the whole family then this is definitely a trail for you.

The main and overflow parking area full up quickly.

It’s full of snow now!!! So beautiful!

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful during winter.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful hike with a steep incline and great views of the lakes! The train descends to crystal lake where you can hang out and enjoy the water. It’s unique because I think you can only access that lake through a hike, therefore the area is relaxing and quiet! We did this hike after driving up from LA and it was perfect because of the short amount of time needed and the great scenic rewards!

backpacking
1 month ago

One of my favorite short trails! Gorgeous mountain and lake views with abundant water sources (passing through seven lakes in 3.5 miles)! Nice campsites along Heart Lake, Chickenfoot Lake and Gem Lake. Fishing is good in most lakes. Perfect for older dogs. Very crowded and hard to find parking during summer. Permits are hard to come by, but walk-ins are very doable.

Pretty lakes & mountains with snow caps

off road driving
1 month ago

It was a fun trail. First time doing some off-roading like this in a stock af jeep. The hairpin turn was easy, just pull in head first on the turn out and back into the mountain and you’re all set.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, one of my favourite lakes in the basin. Steep climb up but fantastic views

Easy and stunning hikes. Mid November all the lakes were frozen too, hard enough to walk on when we were there. Can’t wait to go back and do the whole thing

off road driving
2 months ago

The train can be a little tedious but the destination totally justifies the work to get there. Take your time and you’ll be fine. Very calm and peaceful. Surreal and picturesque!!

on Crystal Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I am a seasoned hiker for sure, having hiked much longer and harder trails than this one, down into the Grand Canyon, up to Wheeler Peak, as well as Grinnell Glacier and other tough hikes, so this hike wasn't very hard on me as far as switchbacks were concerned. But what got me was that the trail wasn't in good of shape as I would have liked it to be, up towards the 3/4 mile point. The trail is very narrow there and right by a very steep drop off. If you weren't careful and made a wrong move or slipped on the loose sandy terrain, you could potentially fall to your death right there. Way too narrow for my taste. Not for people afraid of heights.

We planned to hike up to Crystal Lake but saw a sign up to the crest so we had to do it. It was well worth it. You can see many lakes in the area from the top. When you get toward the top you will see a trail to the left and onward to the top. A couple told us to keep going up to the crest and it loops at the top. You can see the back of half dome at the top. Beautiful hike!

Beautiful hike! Continued on to Chicken Foot for a total of 6 miles. A new favorite! 5 lakes, multiple streams, craggy Mountain Views. Fascinating geology all around and plenty of photo ops!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike to a beautiful lake. A must do hike- we continued up to the crest overlooking so many lakes.

Outstanding hike and views! We missed the fall color up here but still well worth the trip!

A beautiful hike and over almost every ridge there is another lake. With the jagged peaks, green meadows with wildflowers, lakes and streams this hike has everything you could ask for.

Great hike with panoramic views and fall colors.

Oh yeah. Trail starts you at 10000 feet and hikes you incredible views of the eastern escarpment of the Sierras. Not bad for a 7.4 mi day hike.

One of our favorites

Amazing walk among all the beauties of fall colors and amazing reflections

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with spectacular views of several lakes! The crystal lake by itself has amazing reflections!

Gorgeous views especially in fall with all the colors.
Great easy hike for dogs

Easy and fun hike that provides ample fall colors! The further you hike, the prettier it gets! Make sure to bring enough water and a headlamp if you plan on doing the whole hike!

I really enjoyed this hike! Offered a decent level of physical challenge, while also affording some better than average scenery! Very easily found the trail head and experienced no difficulty to Valentine Lake. Do be warned though, those with less-than a decent level of fitness may struggle to cope with the elevation and elevation gain

We loved this trail! Great for a hot day. There are clear cold lakes to jump in every half mile or so. There were a lot of people but everyone was very friendly and didn’t even make comments about my dog off leash. My pup is very friendly but she is a pit bull so many people make incorrect assumptions about her. We all had a great day. I was wishing I had brought sleeping gear. I wanted to keep going and going!

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail. Did Lake Mary loop, went to Lake George and than continued to Cristal Lake. All in all, 10km of amazing views. Physical not to much demanding but not very easy as well.

hiking
3 months ago

good hike, go to mammoth Crest for great views, then finish up at crystal lake for lunch

beautiful fall colors today, good hike to river, not too strenuous to bridge over river

Beautiful trail, the lakes are amazing,our dog enjoyed it too. The trail starts at mosquito flat, just follow the rock creek road to the very end, the road to parking lot gets narrower but the parking lot is huge.

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