ElevationAscent: 2,040' 622 m
Descent: -2,040' -622 m
High: 3,763' 1,147 m
Low: 1,942' 592 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
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“A challenging walk to a spectacular alpine lake high in Mount Aspiring National Park.”— Almonzo Wilder
The trail to Crucible Lake ascends steeply out of Siberia Valley on the true left of Crucible Stream. This section of the trail is very steep and forested, and may require use of hands to ascend some of the near-vertical tangles of roots on the track. Eventually, this steep section relents and the track contours into the Crucible Valley. After a short descent the trail crosses the Crucible Stream, aided by impressively positioned rocks that will help to keep your feet dry. Above the crossing the trail passes the bush line and heads gently up the valley toward the moraine wall that hides Crucible Lake. Mount Alba looms above and provides an impressive backdrop to the valley.
The final push up the face of the moraine is steep, but rewarded by increasingly impressive views down the valley. Not until the very crest does Crucible Lake become visible, and it is a truly impressive finale to the walk. Early in summer, the lake earns its name as glacial ice from above drops in to form melting icebergs. The rock basin in which the lake is set is strewn with waterfalls that cascade down from high above. It's a worthwhile place to linger and enjoy before turning around and heading back the way you came.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Aspiring National Park