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Crystal Lake trail

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Address: Mammoth Lakes, CA

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This trail takes about an hour to get to Crystal Lake from the car park. The views of the surrounding lakes and mountains are outstanding. The nearby Crystal Crag dominates the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kevin P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trail takes about an hour to get to Crystal Lake from the car park. The views of the surrounding lakes and mountains are outstanding. The nearby Crystal Crag dominates the view. It has about a dozen rock routes on it including a moderate 5.6 one that is well worth the effort of dragging your trad rack up for if... More 

Thank Kevin P
San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This was the first time on this trail. It takes you near crystal crag for a gorgeous view down the canyon for 3 lakes. One of the best day hikes put of the Lake Mary area.

Thank _dontbuycheapshoes
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Parking at Lake George, the first part is a little steep, but the views are well worth it with a number of different looks at the Lakes Basin and you ascend and descend. Crystal Crag is hovering . over the lake.

Thank John H
huntington beach
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

I'm mixed on this hike because Crystal Lake was beautiful. The trouble is the trail getting there. The trail is dusty and consists of many moderate switchbacks. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the top of the trail. The elevation is high so we stopped a few times to catch our breaths. After you get to the... More 

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

There is truly nothing better than breathing fresh Mountain Air and veiwing beautiful landscapes. While there were quite a few people out and about fishing and walking around it wasn't too crowded and once we ventured off along one of the trails away from the main Lake far enough there weren't as many people and it was so delightful to... More 

Thank Alicia R
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

Not too strenuous hike with beautiful payoff! Great fishing along the way! We stopped at Barrett and Lake TJ. All good fun!

Thank ShamrockGo
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

We made the hike on a weekday and the parking lot was very full. We were lucky to find a spot at the trailhead. This is a challenging hike if your not in the best shape but there are plenty of places to stop along the way. Bring something to drink as you will need it. Also a pair of... More 

Thank McWett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Our first little walk after driving through Death Valley from Vegas the day before. Perfect for something nice and not too long. If you're reasonably fit you can get to the lake in an hour, spend as much time as you want hiking further and then head back down. We spent a very pleasant three hours after setting off around... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

During peak times the parking lot fills up quickly, so get there early. Well worth the climb. On the way up, you can see the lakes below, and once you reach the top, you have another beautiful, crystal-clear like to hike around.

Thank Ginger M
Southern California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

Lots of folks heading to Crystal Lake, so be prepared. Once at the lake you can find a private spot to enjoy.

Thank Traveling_Sandy

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