Crystal Lake Trail

MODERATE 150 reviews
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Crystal Lake Trail is a 2.4 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
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
731 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

views

snow

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

3 months ago

This place is breathtaking. Seems almost unreal. I will come back again and again - hiked in October of ‘17

5 months ago

Hike is so worth the constant switchbacks (which did seem like forever but it ends I swear!)

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice hike thru woods, the incline is a little tough for beginners a lot of switchbacks but just keep going the views of the lakes are magnificent it’ll be well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

very cool to see snow in September. beautiful scenery all the way up to the gorgeous lake. go early for maximum tranquility.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, beautiful in late September with light snow blanketing the mountain. It’s about 5 miles round trip so bring snacks and plenty of water!

hiking
7 months ago

Love this trail. The altitude was trying to keep me away but I went really slow and drank lots of water and man was it worth it. Incredible and named appropriately this lake is. Beautiful redwoods and gorgeous views of Lake George and Lake Mary and of course Crystal Lake. You find a sign for Mammoth Crest Trail once you've just about reached the top of the climb to Crystal Lake. Small decent to the lake note: it may be easy for some people to lose the trail here especially if the altitude is effecting you poorly... so watch your step.

7 months ago

a big climb at the beginning but getting to the top was well worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

A hidden gem after a moderate 1.2 mile walk.

7 months ago

Great hike for kids and dogs with beautiful views of lakes George and Mary as well as the back of the Sherwin's.

7 months ago

My wife and I took our 3 and 5 year old kids up on this hike. It's not too hard if you have a light pack. The hike is gorgeous with a view of lake George and lake Mary below. Crystal Lake is a great treat to end a great hike! Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike! Fairly easy and the views are incredible. Go early to avoid crowds.

hiking
8 months ago

Fairly well-trafficked trail with lots of great views. The incline is fairly steep and constant on the way up but once you get to the top, the return is easy. The lake at the end is a great spot to chill out and cool off as well.

8 months ago

Beautiful scenery! Such a great hike.

8 months ago

So amazingly beautiful. My 2 dachshunds loved it. It is so worth the climb. Looking down on lake George and lake Mary are spectacular.

8 months ago

Great for early hiking.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail climbs steadily until it drops just before the lake. Great views of the surrounding area including falls coming from Crystal Lake. Wasn't as crowded as the McLeod Lake trail-head

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely stunning lake!! If you plan on going... go early!! It was very peaceful for most of the time we were there! Then all the sudden it became very crowded, not just crowded but crowded with loud obnoxious people!! People with Bluetooth speakers going and yelling from one end of the lake to the other!!
But the lake is absolutely beautiful!! You can see the fish swimming!! We were there early and only caught one, but you can see them jumping!! Maybe flying would work best up there!!
The trail is short-ish, I am out of shape and I made it! There is still snow up there!! The switchbacks are "good" I mean as far as switchbacks go! The views are absolutely stunning along the way!!
Oh yeah... mosquitoes are out in full force!! Unless you wanna be eaten alive bring the spray!!

8 months ago

Uphill climb was tough in the altitude, but the views were worth the pain!

hiking
8 months ago

A beautiful hike offering a bird's eye view of the lakes basin and surrounding snowy mountains. It was short but the climb in high altitude can offer a challenge for some. Bring hiking poles if you have. There are some patches of snow but not many. A good portion of the hike was shaded. Crystal Lake offers a stunning view with the reflection of mountains and sky in the lake. Be careful if you step on the logs; some are not stable and you can possibly fall. This hike has made my short list of favorites!

8 months ago

I took this hike with the intention of just going to Crystal Lake, which is a beautiful lake, but I was enjoying it so much I continued on to Mammoth Crest. Once I reached Mammoth Crest I saw the trail continuing on and as often happens to me I had to continue on to see what was around the next bend. The views are spectacular and you feel like you're at the top of the world. I have bad knees so coming down was slow and painful for me but still enjoyed the experience.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views from the trail, small patches of snow along trail but could easily avoid them. Trail was very easy to follow. The view at the lake was incredible...well worth the hike and effort of climbing uphill.

8 months ago

Took a while to get there. Was pretty Cold up there but felt great.

8 months ago

Some of the best views in the sierras. Can see multiple lakes at the pinnacle before the descent to clear lake. Highly recommended.

hiking
8 months ago

Snow everywhere, some of the trail was hard to find in places but so worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome hike but the trail was poorly marked in areas. I'm an amateur but thought this was an amazing end to a challenging day.

9 months ago

The trail is almost impossible to follow, but with the help of Alltrails offline map, we found the lake. The snow covers parts of the trail near the top. This is a short trail, but you are climbing over a 9700 foot ridge, so it is not an easy hike ... but the views are worth the effort. This is one beautiful little lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty hike! Some snow was covering some of the trail- so we just winged it. Not that hard of a hike... our dog loved the snow and water...

hiking
9 months ago

Added another mile to this hike as we parked at the top of the waterfall of Twin Lakes. The trail wasn't as busy as we expected it to be. The weather was a bit chilly especially on this trail when most of it is under the canopy of trees. I should have brought a sweater! The plan was to wade across Crystal Lake to the small island to grab a geocache. Half way there, as the water reached the Cardenas jewels, I retreated back to the mainland! The hike wasn't too bad but I wished I had brought my trekking poles for this one. Great views of George's Lake from the trail. It's a must to return!

hiking
9 months ago

The first 1.5 miles are very easy, but you gain some serious altitude over the past mile. Great views as you climb. The trail is tough to find as you climb, but if you stick to the ridge you will run right into Crystal Lake.

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