• A relatively short trail segment that connects you to the alpine beauty of Crystal Lake and provides panoramic views of the Mammoth Lakes Basin, the Crystal Lake Trail is a must-do for visitors to the Eastside. Departing from the Lake George day-use area, the trail forks just less than a mile up to give the user the option of exploring the lake or continuing on to the Mammoth Crest. Crystal Crag, a granite monolith more than 10,000 feet high, watches quietly over you as you ascend.

  • A relatively short trail segment that connects you to the alpine beauty of Crystal Lake and provides panoramic views of the Mammoth Lakes Basin, the Crystal Lake Trail is a must-do for visitors to the Eastside. Departing from the Lake George day-use area, the trail forks just less than a mile up to give the user the option of exploring the lake or continuing on to the Mammoth Crest. Crystal Crag, a granite monolith more than 10,000 feet high, watches quietly over you as you ascend.

Trail Alerts

  • 05/22/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, trails above 9000 feet are still covered in snow.

Conditions Update

  • 07/07/2017: Snow covered.
  • Trail Activities

    • Equestrian
    • Hiking

    Public Services

    Trail Information

    • Typical grade 10% - (Maximum 23% for 39 feet)
    • Typical cross slope 3% - (Maximum 9% for 7 feet)
    • Typical width at trail surface 3 feet
    • Sand
    • Several steps and obstacles exist on this trail. Steps up to 14" in height can be expected.
    • A standard ramp is 8%. Conditions subject to change.

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Crystal Crag Climbing
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