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Beautiful well marked trail. Even though Round Top was frozen it was still beautiful. Wish we would have ventured to 4th of July Lake, but next time. Will definitely be back to see the wildflowers!

This trail is well marked and really beautiful. Round top lake is frozen enough that people were ice skating today.

Wow, this is amazing!!

on Crystal Lake Trail

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16 days ago

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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.

steep trek after the warning sign, but the views are well worth it.

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!

Gorgeous lake and mountain scenery. Lake Tahoe Views. Near Pacific Crest trail. Very popular weekends. Round Top Lake leg on the strenuous side. Glacial ice kindly delivered to trail level by enterprising youngsters. Surprising number of folks packing skis/snowboards.

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.

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26 days ago

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

Nice hike to get to some lakes and close to mountains topped with snow.

1 month ago

I enjoyed the elevation and length although it can become difficult towards the end.

The stairway to beach, offers a great workout, beautifully constructed, weaving around the ocean boulders. Nice beach, lots of drift wood. Secluded during winter.

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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.

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1 month ago

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Bad ass awesome walk. Best short walk I’ve done in a long time.

An amazing hike! We did it counter clockwise where the climb is steep and shorter but the down is more gradual. Lot of stair stepping. Old mine and cars as well as the remains of an old cabin. The spur to the Round Top Peak is worth the extra time and energy to see the amazing views and lakes. It's quite the scramble up, at times requiring hands, the illusion of the steep views can be a little overwhelming, especially when the wind is quite Gusty. With Tahoe in view and many more lakes all around you, offers an unforgettable hike! We sadly missed the wild flower peak time so we'll just have to do it again! We got 8.5 miles on GPS. We parked in the first day use area, you can go further in closer to Woods lake and hike clockwise or walk through the camp to pick up the counter clockwise, it's around space 13 across from it, can't miss it. So thankful that the smoke, air quality was minimal, we did see the white smoke way down in the valley at Donnell fire but it stayed down low far away. We've been enjoying a lot of the peaks around Tahoe and Sierra's and this is a great one! Calling it a medium effort hike is accurate if you don't summit to Round Top Peak but if you do, I'd call it a HARD only cuz it's not for the faint at heart. If you're with heights or ok with using your hands, then maybe it's still a medium.

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2 months ago

I would not call this an easy hike like others mention. My Garmin 5X Plus had me at 10,759 feet above sea level at the highest, so the elevation makes this a moderate hike for sure. I ran into several people that turned around. Hike begins at Lake George and you go up and up to the destination to the side of the peak above Lake George called Crystal Crag. Lots of switchbacks and shade help the trip up until you descend down to beautiful Crystal lake. Nice views of lake George and lake Mary from above. Great hike that will get your heart pumping.

what a great hike. uphill was quite manageable and the 5 miles flew by. plenty of changing scenery and outlooks.

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2 months ago

Fairly easy to do! Took less than 2 hours to do with my dog but added an extra hour to hang out by the lake and walk around it. It can get crowded so prepare for lots of people but otherwise a beautiful hike!

Great views but this is not an easy trail. The trails are also a little confusing as they are not clearly marked. The trail on the left leads to a viewpoint of Natural Bridge and then goes further along the coast. The trail on the right goes down to the coast as well but is very steep and slippery.

This is my favourite trail in the el Dorado area so far. Ultimate fun.

fabulous hike, as good as it gets. spectacular peaks, pretty flowers, burbling Brook, serene ponds/lakes and well maintained trail. we achieved the pass, but not the peak. Mt Starr is formidable due to loose rock, scree and v steep.

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