ElevationAscent: 2,287' 697 m
Descent: -2,287' -697 m
High: 5,831' 1,777 m
Low: 3,543' 1,080 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“Follow Crystal Lakes Trail as it ascends from forest to alpine meadows en route to beautiful lakes.”— Brian Smith
The lovely open basin containing Upper Crystal Lake lies just 0.5 mile beyond the lower lake. During the summer, wildflowers abound in the meadows around the lake. From this point, Crystal Peak and its craggy ridges dominate the skyline around the lake.
A side trip to Crystal Peak (five miles round-trip) is well worth the effort. On a clear day five volcanoes can be seen from this 6615' former fire lookout site. Start early in the day if you plan on venturing to the peak as the trail traverses a shadeless south-facing slope which can be very hot and dry during summer.
There are wilderness camps both at Lower and Upper Crystal Lakes. Be sure to camp in designated sites only. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from Wilderness Information Centers, Ranger Stations, Visitor Centers and on our web site.
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