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Beautiful view!

Soo beautiful view for such a small and easy hike!

on Crystal Lake Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Very beautiful lake, great shorter hike, easy to do! First stopped off at Barrett Lake and then went on to TJ Lake. Trail was easy to follow, had no trouble following it

hiking
17 days ago

Great short hike to a beautiful lake!

hiking
17 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.

hiking
17 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.

Great hike with panoramic views and fall colors.

hiking
24 days ago

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

hiking
24 days ago

Just beautiful!

hiking
26 days ago

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

backpacking
1 month ago

Very beautiful lake. You do see a few people by the lake fishing and walking around. Took my dogs and they loved it. pretty short walk. Easy hike there.

Road marked closed at entrance as of 10/9.

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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

Absolutely magnificent hike, walked up and the reward was stunning, was able to comfortably trail-run down.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and short

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely love this hike!! Hiking to the lake is a bit of a work out going up and definitely got your heart pumping. Although, it was short and lots of shade. So it wasn’t too bad. Very beautiful lake!! There wasn’t many people. Took our time walking around the lake and taking in the scenery. It was easy going back down the trail. I would definitely come back again. It was worth the hike.

Gorgeous, well maintained trail with lots to see. Beautiful views and varied terrains make this one an excellent trail. Good for all levels of hikers.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike, but with a steady uphill climb. The trail itself wasn't terribly challenging, but the higher elevation made breathing a little more of a struggle. Fantastic hike to start off your day, with great views of the lakes below and Crystal Lake did not disappoint. Most of the hikers I saw stopped at the beginning of the lake, but the trail around to the back was easy, pretty and leads to a big sandy beach which was a great stop to relax and take in the views.

Short hike but very nice

if you're like me-- born and raised in the NJ watershed and New Orleans (6 feet BELOW sealevel)-- this is some serious elevation, as is all of Mammoth Mountain-- take. your. time. this is an easy trail, but it is not easy for those of us who are used to being at or below sea level. it will be frustrating to pace yourself, especially if you're athletic with hiking experience, but the top of the glacier-polished postpile is breathtaking-- I wish the photos I took could do it justice. for sea-levelers, I recommend walking to Rainbow Falls first, taking a 15 minute break, then moving toward the top of the postpile. The glacier-striated hexagonal columnar basalt up there looks like a damn-near perfect tile patio job. try to be on top of the postpile around golden hour-- real treat.

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