Lower Crystal Lake is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,601 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

3 months ago

The trail is mostly a 4x4 trail and is steep. Definitely hard to walk it and look around.

We took it straight up to the lake. Flower were pretty but overall a long uphill grind of a walk with a reward at the end of a small lake.

We took Wheeler Trail first to the higher points around the lake. Wow views. Wheeler towards Mohawk was nice hike with great stops to check out running water and mountain views.

Wouldn't do just this trail again though.

4 months ago

This hike was great! We parked at the spruce creek trailhead and then from the trailhead we went up the 4x4 road about .25 miles until we saw the 803 trail/road on the right. Lake was about 2.4 miles up, and it was easy to stay on the trail. Creek was next to us the first mile. Saw a marmot and deer. Would def do this again!

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4 months ago

So let me preface by saying that if you aren't in at least semi decent shape, the 1st 3/4 of a mile will gag you. That first section is one of the steepest 4 x 4 roads you can think of. We started this hike from the main parking area for Mohawk and Crystal Lakes. Right after you start up the main road, there is a cutoff to the right for Crystal Lake. It is signed Crystal Creek road. The climbing begins right away, so be prepared. This is also used by 4 x 4 trucks, even given it's level of ugly. After the first 3/4 mile it isn't quite as steep anymore, but still climbs the whole way to the lake. The lake isn't huge, and I have seen better scenery around here. But it's still a nice area for sure. Going on to the upper lake probably really opens up the views. There's definitely fish in this lake too, and they seem to prefer fly's. The mileage posted above is right on, and it took us about 2 hours to get there. Nice short hike, but does involve some steep parts. Did this on a Sunday, and the place is beyond popular!!! Most folks going to the Mohawk Lakes though

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Beautiful views as you get to the lake! Good fishing too

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