Crystal Lake

  • Tucked away beneath the sparkling granite of Crystal Crag, Crystal Lake is a breathtaking reward for traveling just over a mile of moderately strenuous (but incredibly scenic) trail. This alpine beauty sits beneath the towering wall of the Mammoth Crest, which divides the Lakes Basin from the San Joaquin River and which is a geologic icon of the area. The lake is a popular summertime destination that’s perfect for a picnic and can be wild with flowers in the right season.

  • Tucked away beneath the sparkling granite of Crystal Crag, Crystal Lake is a breathtaking reward for traveling just over a mile of moderately strenuous (but incredibly scenic) trail. This alpine beauty sits beneath the towering wall of the Mammoth Crest, which divides the Lakes Basin from the San Joaquin River and which is a geologic icon of the area. The lake is a popular summertime destination that’s perfect for a picnic and can be wild with flowers in the right season.

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  • 05/24/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, trails above 7500 ft are still covered in snow. Please check back for updates.

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Trail Length (mi) Surface Activities and Services
Crystal Lake Trail 0.3 Sand Equestrian Hiking
Mammoth Crest Trail 7.2 Soil Equestrian Hiking

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