Sawtooth Pass trail to Crystal Lake

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Sawtooth Pass trail to Crystal Lake is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

9.3 miles
3727 feet
Out & Back





nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

2 days ago

Beautiful. Lots of loose rock on the unmaintained trail. The last mile to the top is especially difficult. Felt like I was climbing a rock slide. With a heavy pack, made

17 days ago

Upper Crystal Lake made a great camp spot--we didn't see a soul once we turned on to the Crystal Lake fork in the trail. Spectacular afternoon hike up to the ridge overlooking Monarch Lakes and Amphitheater Lake. Just you and the marmots.

22 days ago

Dogs are not allowed on any trails within the Mineral King Area.

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11 months ago

Monday, September 05, 2016

Insanely beautiful hike!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

This was a beautiful 5-mile hike (one way) up to 10,800 ft in Mineral King. Went with my husband and 13 and 11 y/o kids. Going here in August was pretty amazing with great camping spots, stellar sunset views, a calming waterfall, and brisk Sierra swimming! Take note, this is NOT a moderate hike as indicated in this app. The ranger station lists it as a strenuous hike which I would agree with. As I've discovered this inconsistency, I would double-check this app's content before planning a trip. Hope to see improvements in the future as it has great potential!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

hike was long and uphill but once getting to the lake it was amazing. lots of mosquitos though but worth it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gorgeous hike. Definitely felt very accomplish by the end of it. Had to go a little of trail due to the snow pack but nothing too crazy, don't need poles or clamp ons like they recommended for the Monarch Lakes same day

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Davit Stepanyan said it perfectly. This is a great hike with beautiful lakes at the end and awesome camp spots. Having said that I would not recommend this hike to someone who does not know how to navigate using a map and compass, I didn't, as you will likely lose the trial. But if you make it it'll be worth it. We did see lots of interesting, and harmless, wildlife on the way up and down such as mountain chickens, or wtv, a NICE buck, and a heard of Elk at the base of the valley below the lakes. It was slightly busy for the first half of the hike but the second part was completely deserted and it was just my friend and I up at the lakes.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

this is a great trail, but not for everyone . Its about a five hour hike up to the top and another three to come back. Great views and like the name says a Crystal clear lake up top. and if you have made it to the top, you must go for a swim lol.