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Crystal Lake trail

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Address: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Great short hike

This is a great quick short hike... we like to do it in winter... its east but makes you feel like you got "out".

Reviewed 29 November 2016
SGWest
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

This is a great quick short hike... we like to do it in winter... its east but makes you feel like you got "out".

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Reviewed 4 October 2016 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 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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Reviewed 12 September 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.

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Thank Liza W
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 25 August 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.

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huntington beach
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 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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Reviewed 23 August 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 

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San Francisco
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

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

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 11 August 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 

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Thank McWett
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Reviewed 28 July 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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Reviewed 21 July 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.

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