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

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20 days ago

Beautiful during winter.

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27 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!

It was hard to find the path sometimes but it was amazing hike.

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1 month ago

This is an amazing geological wonder!
Easily accessed via the Mammoth Lakes shuttle, it even has its own staffed ranger station! After a short kike, you can view the "posts' from below, or to achieve the complete experience, hike the steep, but short stairs to the top. You won't regret it!

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1 month ago

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

11/4/18 Lovey hike, not a lot of elevation gain/loss. We saw a bear and her cub! Only saw a handful of other hikers.

on Crystal Lake Trail

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2 months ago

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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!

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

We only did about 4 miles of the trail. Really cool waterfalls. Didn’t think it was hard at all.

Great hike with panoramic views and fall colors.

Beautiful day. I ran the loop and the fall colors were beautiful. A lot of bear activity around the lakes especially Millie. From scat to multiple prints large and small. I just kept running. This is a very runnable trail. I don't run there in summer months the trail is all dust and deep sand from horses.

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

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2 months ago

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

2 months ago

As of Oct. 21, in some spots, the Autumn colors were past their prime. In other spots, they were still in full glory. Gorgeous hike. Can’t wait to come back next year with my friends.

Did this hike for my 60th birthday. I’m in decent shape and did not think it was very hard at all. My husband is not in shape and he thought it was hard. So, we only went as far as the Upper Falls and not all the way up to the lake. But it was still a very satisfying hike. Go, and take your time with your slow-going friends because there’s plenty of beauty to drink in while you wait for them to catch their breath!

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

Wonderful hike back into small, beautiful lakes. recommend taking the southern side (on the right as you look at the lake from the trailhead parking lot) around Saddlebag lake as the northern side is very rocky and hard on dogs paws.

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

3 months ago

Very well maintained trail, breathtaking fall colors!

Road marked closed at entrance as of 10/9.

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3 months ago

Pretty unique!

Nice pit stop. The tufa rocks were interesting to look at but the flies and smell was a little off putting. $3/person cash

Beautiful Terrain and crystal clear water. Loved every minute.

Easy to moderate hike, about 5.14 miles long. Started at Red Meadows Resort (stop 10), hiked to Rainbow falls, than to Devils postpile and returned to stop 10. The trails are maintained very very well.

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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.

We (2 couples) hiked it in early October - it was cold (35F) and mostly windy - dress accordingly.

The way in/out is somewhat boring (Oct - no boat taxi) and long. The trail isn't well marked and it's relatively easy to lose your way (we didn't, thanks to the AllTrail app). The lakes are nice - but we've seen nicer in this area...

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3 months ago

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

Gorgeous hike! Especially in the Fall. I was there today and noticed the rock slide cutting through the first part of the trail (I’ve hiked this before) but had no trouble at all keeping to the trail. No ribbons or cairns needed, IMO.
The first part is stupid easy. Almost anyone with working legs can do it. After getting to the rocky part, it does get slightly steep, but it is nowhere near “extremely difficult” (as others have rated it) provided you’re at least in decent shape. Past the Falls and the pond, keep going another mile or so until you get to the Cascades. Super beautiful.
Speaking of that, some hikers (myself included) completely missed the left turn across the logs (before the cascades) and assumed to the empty river bed to be the trail. Don’t be dopes like us. Lol. Right where the trail appears to go down into the empty river bed stop and look left. You’ll see two logs going across the river bed. Cross them and you’ll be back on the trail on the other side.

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