Crystal Lake Trail

MODERATE 65 reviews
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Crystal Lake Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
816 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

views

Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, 47050 Generals Highway , Three Rivers, CA, 93271-9651, Phone: 559-565-3341, Fax: 559-565-3730, TTY: 559-565-3196

19 days ago

Early June 2017. Trail finding was very difficult with the snow. Have a handy electric trail guide w extra power to find your way. Could of used crampons, but a gortex boot was fine. Crystal is lake mostly frozen over now. Trail is short but a lot of work with its steep snowy incline.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Short but beautiful trail. I haven't went on a bad hike in this area at all. Caught a beautiful sunrise.

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Only a serious novice would find this challenging due to well placed switchbacks and gentle grade. Trail provides good views of the valley and of Crystal Crag. With snow on the ground you rely on tread from previous hikers, but the trail is decently used so we didn't have trouble navigating. Starts with full sun exposure then heads into the trees before being exposed again near the peak.
Excellent hike with a dog that likes to run and explore.
Nov 24/2016.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Moderately challenging hike for novices but with plenty of overlooks to stop at. And the payoff at the end is so worth it. The lake surrounded by mountains lets you forget about whatever world you left at the base. If there is snow on the ground be prepared for slippery parts.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Beautiful trail - too many people.

9 months ago

Hit the trail in the afternoon or evening to avoid the crowds!
I had the whole lake to myself...almost. Quite & peaceful none the less.

9 months ago

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9 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday, the views of surrounding lakes on the way up was amazing. The serenity and beauty of Crystal lake make the uphill well worth the hike. Leave time to explore the lake area when you get up there. My kids didn't want to leave!

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