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An Easy-Medium Difficulty Trail with an Outstanding Destination (see pics)

Less than a mile from the parking lot (which can fill up really early, so plan an early start... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2019
Gainesville, Florida
An easy hike with good views of the Lakes Basin

The Crystal Lake Trail is a nice hike for folks that are not acclimated to 8,000 feet and includes... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2019
Mammoth Lakes, California
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Reviewed August 11, 2019

Less than a mile from the parking lot (which can fill up really early, so plan an early start!), the Crystal Lake Trail is a 0.9m hike that takes you to Crystal Lake. On the way, you have some great views of the Lake Mary...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 3, 2019

Maybe we visited on a sunday, but compared with (the many) surrounding lakes : too crowded to our opinion. We like it more quiet. Lots of cars, boats and people fishing.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Dirk C
Reviewed June 16, 2019

The Crystal Lake Trail is a nice hike for folks that are not acclimated to 8,000 feet and includes views of the Lakes Basin, Crystal Crag and Crystal Lake. The hike is about 3 miles round trip and I’ve done it with my granddaughter when...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

We usually hike to Crystal Lake in the late summer. However, once we did hike there in the late spring early summer. On the trail we met skiers who had hiked up from Crystal Lake to higher elevations to ski!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank archaic2015
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

This trail is a must do if you are in the Mammoth Lakes area. The views at the top are absolutely stunning and worth the climb up. We absolutely loved it!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Beautiful trail for a short hike, well this is relative because I usually hike 15-20 miles a day, but this is very scenic. At the time that we went, Crystal Lake was frozen which made it even more interesting. We also went up to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

Around 2.6 miles round trip. Moderate and steep. The view once you reach is awesome. Plus in winter water covered with ice made it beautiful. While hiking you can see some great views of Lake George and others. Only problem was the Trial path. It...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank AP_Hyd
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Beautiful hike. Moderately difficult as a lot of it is up hill. There's a lot of shade though which makes it more bearable. I also saw quite a few kids on the trail who seemed to be doing just fine. Everywhere you turn is a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MelissaW4444
Reviewed September 29, 2018

If you only have a morning or day, this is a perfect hike. The trail to Crystal Lake starts with dusty, switchbacks through the trees, but within moments, each new turn reveals another stunning view of the lake from remarkable heights. Go early and you...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Holmanphotoonthego
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Definitely worth seeing when visiting mammoth lakes. Be prepared for the altitude. The distances are not that long but the altitude takes a lot out of you. Spectacular views made this one of the better hikes I have been on. I would put this is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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From the Meridian/Old Mammoth Rd intersection (the Vons intersection), go north on Old Mammoth Rd until it ends. Turn left on Main St. Follow Main St and it turns into Lake Mary Road. Follow this 5 miles or so and you will... More