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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!

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17 days ago

Beautiful during winter.

hiking
24 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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

Amazing hike with great views.

Beautiful Hike! The climb back up from Pika lake is a bit rough on tired legs. Went 11/14 and had a lot of fun playing on the frozen lakes

on Crystal Lake Trail

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Steep hike all the way up to the lake, great views along the way but the lake was very small and hardly any water left in it this time of year. So, if you're doing this hike, do it for the views rather than the lake. I was the only hiker all the way up and back.

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!

The hike up to the lake was very tough, at least for me, maybe I’m out of shape lol. As soon as we got to the lake we caught fish. The Brook Trouts were kind of small, but I’m sure there are some larger fish. Between the four of us, we caught thirteen fish within an hour. This lake is absolutely beautiful I’m so glad we decided to do this.

hiking
2 months ago

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

Great hike with panoramic views and fall colors.

hiking
2 months ago

Walk the entire perimeter and you’ll see a number of small streams feeding into the lake!

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

Don’t miss the view up past the lake! So tranquil. Lovely fall colors with the aspen grove were why we came back today.

Great trail

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

Gorgeous

beautiful aspens, distant waterfalls, this trail has it all. In spring, Wooley Mules Ears. Trail obviously used by pack team but its fairly easy although the elevation/rocky terrain makes it moderate. Its the journey, not the destination! Take some time to visit the mine relecks, so cool!

hiking
3 months ago

Snow topped crest and fall colors, gorgeous combo. Trail is easy for the fit, moderate for us moderately fit and difficult for the unfit. Lake was blustery today but the views coming down of Horseshoe Lake, Twin Lakes, Lake George, Lake Mary and possibly Lake Maime were awesome, the vistas incredible. Trail is well marked and in great shape. If headed to Mammoth Crest the view was obstructed by clouds and 3-4 inches of snow.

one of the most amazing breathtaking hikes ive been on. short but worth every step.

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike with amazing views. Trail crew was working on the trail. The trail was in good shape except the part the were working on.

Good little hike. Nice weather, no traffic on the way out, stepped on trail at 7:50am. just under 2 hrs to the lake, stopped for many pictures. on the way back took the Emerald Lake turn and finished that way. My device had me at 10.6 miles. Likes the climb out of Barney Lake...

Easy hike with beautiful views!
But you do not really need to go anywhere from the parking lot to see the most beautiful view

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