Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Mammoth Lakes with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful Hike! The climb back up from Pika lake is a bit rough on tired legs. Went 11/14 and had a lot of fun playing on the frozen lakes

Beautiful view!

Soo beautiful view for such a small and easy hike!

on Crystal Lake Trail

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Steep hike all the way up to the lake, great views along the way but the lake was very small and hardly any water left in it this time of year. So, if you're doing this hike, do it for the views rather than the lake. I was the only hiker all the way up and back.

Very beautiful lake, great shorter hike, easy to do! First stopped off at Barrett Lake and then went on to TJ Lake. Trail was easy to follow, had no trouble following it

hiking
19 days ago

Great short hike to a beautiful lake!

hiking
19 days ago

I am a seasoned hiker for sure, having hiked much longer and harder trails than this one, down into the Grand Canyon, up to Wheeler Peak, as well as Grinnell Glacier and other tough hikes, so this hike wasn't very hard on me as far as switchbacks were concerned. But what got me was that the trail wasn't in good of shape as I would have liked it to be, up towards the 3/4 mile point. The trail is very narrow there and right by a very steep drop off. If you weren't careful and made a wrong move or slipped on the loose sandy terrain, you could potentially fall to your death right there. Way too narrow for my taste. Not for people afraid of heights.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful short hike, the lake is stunning with its emerald color and I had the hike and lake all to myself when I went on 30 October 2018. I definitely recommend doing this hike if you're in the Mammoth Lakes area. One of the most beautiful lakes I have seen.

Fantastic!

We planned to hike up to Crystal Lake but saw a sign up to the crest so we had to do it. It was well worth it. You can see many lakes in the area from the top. When you get toward the top you will see a trail to the left and onward to the top. A couple told us to keep going up to the crest and it loops at the top. You can see the back of half dome at the top. Beautiful hike!

Awesome hike to a beautiful lake. A must do hike- we continued up to the crest overlooking so many lakes.

Doing the Mammoth Pass Trail without diverting to McLoed Lake would be a big mistake. It requires very little additional effort and the lake is beautiful. The view of the valley is usually fantastic but today it was hidden in smoke from the fire in Yosemite. I hike this trail every year and it never disappoints. Seeing the forest come back from the 1992 fire is amazing. I only hike one way, from Horseshoe Lake to Reds Meadow, and take the shuttle back to Mammoth. I like to hike in early morning and then have breakfast at the little cafe in Reds Meadow before getting on the shuttle which has a stop directly outside of the cafe. This year I had the added treat of having my wife join me on the hike.

Great hike with panoramic views and fall colors.

hiking
26 days ago

The climb is a little steep but very doable! Lots of great views around the entire lake!

hiking
26 days ago

Just beautiful!

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike with spectacular views of several lakes! The crystal lake by itself has amazing reflections!

backpacking
1 month ago

Very beautiful lake. You do see a few people by the lake fishing and walking around. Took my dogs and they loved it. pretty short walk. Easy hike there.

Don’t miss the view up past the lake! So tranquil. Lovely fall colors with the aspen grove were why we came back today.

I really enjoyed this hike! Offered a decent level of physical challenge, while also affording some better than average scenery! Very easily found the trail head and experienced no difficulty to Valentine Lake. Do be warned though, those with less-than a decent level of fitness may struggle to cope with the elevation and elevation gain

Great trail

Two stars due to all the horse crap. People with dogs are expected to clean up after, why not the trail horses and mules. I was raised with horses and poo is poo.

backpacking
1 month ago

Really nice

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail. Did Lake Mary loop, went to Lake George and than continued to Cristal Lake. All in all, 10km of amazing views. Physical not to much demanding but not very easy as well.

Pretty sure it was more than 9 miles round trip. I also definitely recommend going to Dorothy if you’re up there anyways!!

Did this as part of a loop, coming back along Duck Pass trail, Emeralds Lake trail and Coldwater George trail. Definitely felt the altitude when I set off but it got better. It was an overall steady climb up and no long strenuous sections. Started hailing and then snowing on the way down. Great views and worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

good hike, go to mammoth Crest for great views, then finish up at crystal lake for lunch

Gorgeous

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