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Crystal Mountain via PCT is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 570 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Hannah T
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HikingRocky

Good hike!

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Dani Roth
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Hiking

Love this trail the views are amazing and the change in landscape from mountain to desert views is fantastic! The only downside is it gets hot as there are parts without shades and we did in the end of June late morning, so be aware!

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Jessica L
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HikingBugsNo shade

Nice, easy trail. Pretty views

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Sarah Goodman
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Hiking

Nice trail. Would be good for kids. Lots of wildflowers in May. Not as much shade as other alpine hikes around here but a beautiful hike nonetheless. Lots of support for PCT hikers on this trail.

Peter Schuette
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Hiking

Great trail, my kids and I had a great time. Beautiful desert views and plentiful joshua trees.

Gadi Giladi
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Hiking

I love that trail so much You must go to the end The white rock is fantastic And nice view ! Part of the hike in the forest Some in open space Love it !!!!

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Weekend Warrior
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Hiking

Nice easy section of the PCT. Good desert views on one side.

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Yana Tinker
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HikingMuddySnow

Awesome hike! Very pretty views. First .5 mile was uphill so it was nice knowing we’ll be walking down at the end. Pretty forest, Mountain Views, cacti, some evening looked like Joshua trees.

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Lauren Sego
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Sarah Carter
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Hiking

A bit hard to find Crystal Mountain at first but trail conditions were good and we did end up finding it with the help of AllTrails and Google Maps.

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Rory Talmon
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HikingMuddySnow

What an awesome hike this was on February 15, 2020. My wife and I had planned to hike the grays peak trail but the area was closed for eagle breeding. My wife chose this so we could go see the eye of god but still get a nice hike too. The snow we encountered was semi packed with powder on the sides of trail. No spikes were needed. We both had hiking poles that helped at times. There was a couple spots of mud from the melt off. The terrain was moderate as shown in rating. One of the coolest things was the fact that you go from pine trees to joshua trees on the hike which reminds you that even though your up at Big Bear area you are still in the so cal desert. The crystal deposit (eye of god) is incredible!! This is a very worth while hike to take.

Ben Rivers
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Brian Jenkins
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Hiking

Favorite in Big Bear. Easy trail through high desert section of the PCT, with amazing views looking down into the Mojave Desert. Wonderful Pinyon Pine and Joshua Tree forests.

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Kathy Kindred
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HikingRocky

great hiking trail! the views are amazing and there are lots of wild flowers in bloom.

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Bryan Eisenbise
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Hiking

We did a real short hike just on the other side of the 18. Beautiful views of the Mojave.

Joseph Schreifels
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It is a nice walk the trail is narrow (about 6-8 feet at the thinnest) but the view is nice as well

Hailey Maus
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On The Trail With B.
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Hiking

Very enjoyable hike with my two dogs. Nice easy to follow trail through pine trees with great views of the desert floor.

Cheri Cole
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Easy hike. Beautiful views. We made the mistake of thinking the fire road at the end would take us back close to our car...ended up adding 2 miles to the hike. Liked the hike.

Andrew Monahan
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Was a great little hike. Remarkable beautiful views. Love this place.

Adrian Hij
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Hiking

Nice little short hike. Nothing too steep, great for beginners. When you reach the parking lot at the end, you can take a short detour to the right to a steep incline to a nice view on the rocks

Tadfir Trail
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Hiking

It’s not clear where the Trail for Crystal Mountain ends but it offers amazing views of the Mohave.

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