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Crystal Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (2)

Explore a beautiful little alpine lake, picnic lunch, afternoon swim or star gazing!


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0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

Point to Point

7,215' 2,199 m

High

6,837' 2,084 m

Low

378' 115 m

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16%

Avg Grade (9°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

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Features Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is an easy hike for kids 5-13. Crystal Lake is a great swimming stop after a long day on trail.

The access road is closed October to June, depending on snowfall. Please check the Lassen National Park website for updated road conditions.

Need to Know

Bring a swimsuit, backpacking chairs or pads, maybe a towel, a picnic lunch or dinner, and enjoy this wonderful place! Please pack out all trash.

Description

The trail is suitable for a wide variety of hikers, and is only a half mile to the lake. There's a game trail around the lake. The trail up to the lake has a moderate incline, with switchbacks through a fir forest. There's some loose rock and scree, but with some hiking boots or trail running shoes, it is easily accessed. You'll get beautiful views of Juniper Lake, the Warner Valley, Mt. Harkness, and Lassen Peak. The parking area is only big enough for 3 vehicles, which keeps the crowds to a minimum. Bear-proof trash and recycling bins are at the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

There are some wildflowers in the early summer. There can also be deer and birds, but they don’t like company. Bigger critters are only possible to view during sunrise and sunset.

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Shared By:

Darren Marshall

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  5.0 from 2 votes

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Crystal Lines by Darren Marshall
Mar 14, 2018 near Chester, CA
Brushed In by Darren Marshall
Mar 14, 2018 near Chester, CA

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Sep 24, 2018
Fernando Mateus Jr
Jul 22, 2018
D. Michael Wassom
15 up, less back. Steep hike, but worth it. Beautiful tarn with nice views. Very peaceful. 0.8mi