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Beautiful view!

Soo beautiful view for such a small and easy hike!

on Crystal Lake Trail

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
12 days 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
12 days ago

Great short hike to a beautiful lake!

hiking
12 days 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.

backpacking
12 days ago

dont miss. gets hairy early and late season, but amazing... going back... maybe tomorrow

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful short hike, the lake is stunning with its emerald color and I had the hike and lake all to myself when I went on 30 October 2018. I definitely recommend doing this hike if you're in the Mammoth Lakes area. One of the most beautiful lakes I have seen.

Fantastic!

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!

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!

Great hike with panoramic views and fall colors.

hiking
19 days ago

The climb is a little steep but very doable! Lots of great views around the entire lake!

hiking
19 days ago

Just beautiful!

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
21 days 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

hiking
24 days ago

This was a very beautiful hike! I didn’t do the whole thing, because it was spontaneous. However, I will go back soon and do the entire thing. Lots of rocks and boulders on the trail, which is so fun! But be aware of that when planning for your hike. Trail shoes are fine.

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

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

Great trail

Road marked closed at entrance as of 10/9.

Two stars due to all the horse crap. People with dogs are expected to clean up after, why not the trail horses and mules. I was raised with horses and poo is poo.

backpacking
1 month ago

Really nice

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!

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