In preparation for "Bigger" hikes like Duck Lake or Valentine Lake, the short hike to Crystal in itself is a beautiful trail. We encountered a family on horseback returning to the trailhead. The trail takes you above Lakes Mary and George for an awesome photo op. For a longer challenge, you'll come across a signpost directing you to Mammoth Crest to the right. Crystal Lake is to the left with a short descent, and another great view of Crystal Crag looming above.
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