Crystal Mill

MODERATE 24 reviews

Crystal Mill is a 8.2 mile out and back trail located near Marble, Colorado that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1328 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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forest

river

wildlife

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21 days ago

After a challenging start up the first hill from the mailboxes, the track widens out and drops into a beautiful valley as the trail follows the Crystal river. Although the trail for the most part is well worn, some sections are made difficult by recent rock slides and debree. My only problem is the heavy amounts of 4x4 traffic passing along the way, a lot of the time i found myself forced into bushes so some idiot could rev his engine whilst passing.

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1 month ago

First off, yes this is a nine mile hike roundtrip if you start in Marble, CO. If you start from the side with Schofield Pass it is MUCH shorter but I have not been that way. I read so many conflicting reviews on the road so we parked by the mailboxes and started up Daniel's Hill. You DO NOT need some insane jacked up vehicle to get up the first mile. There is places to park and turn around. While I would not recommend doing it in a small/low to the ground, four door vehicle (we saw one) I have a Subaru Forester and I know my car could have made it. You come to a fork in the road (go right) and only at THIS point does it become a one lane 4x4 road. You will pass Lizard Lake and then continue your hike to the mill. The hike follows the river the whole way and is very much worth the hike! It does level out a bit after the fork too. Tons of drit bike traffic so be aware! Recent rock slide too so large cars may not make it. Be safe!

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1 month ago

Awesome hike on a busy fourth! Had to share road with vehicles and ATVs, but scenery was spectacular!

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful and pretty easy hike

2 months ago

Beautiful. A bit of an incline in the beginning but fairly flat the rest of the way. Waterfalls everywhere. Make sure you go past the mill and check out the cabins. There were a ton of humming birds flying around a feeder.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiked 6.5.17 the trail was heavily traveled by ATV tours choked some dust but well worth the trip. Awesome views stay right at Lizard Lake to continue on trail

2 months ago

F$!@ing awesome, I loved it. The trail is basically a 4x4 road, not really all that difficult of a hike outside of its length. Go past beaver lake and you will find a nice parking spot next to some mail boxes. You could probably drive further if you want but you came here to hike right?

The Crystal river was raging with the spring melt when we went, incredible power. Amazing waterfalls at almost every turn, a walk through a recent avalanche, swarms of dozens of types of butterfly's, wild flowers everywhere, a ghost town with books for sale and the legendary Crystal Mill...

Expect 4 hours of hiking and at least an hour of soaking it all up. If you get there early enough you can finish the day at a local hot spring which really tops it off.

You should absolutely do this.

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2 months ago

Loved the payoff of coming upon the Mill and trekking a little further to Crystal. The 4x4 road for a hike was tricky on the feet, but driving would have been worse. The avalanche debris was present, but passable. Such a beautiful day!

2 months ago