Crystal and Baum Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Especially on a clear winter’s day, the tranquil waters of Crystal and Baum Lakes dramatically reflect the snowy visages of Burney Mountain to the west and Mount Shasta to the north. It’s a placid place where osprey, hawks, and migratory ducks and geese soar aloft. Take a twilight trek and hope to experience an award-winning sunset, quite common after a cold-front snowstorm leaves behind a blanket of cumulus and cirrus clouds on the horizon. The easy-to-follow route traces the lakes’ shorelines, showing off hatchery-released rainbow and brook trout. A good snow often lingers for days, getting crustier as it slowly melts in this typically cold basin. But snow at this low elevation is occasional, so call ahead to determine if there is enough for snowshoeing. Even as snow is falling, it’s hard to get lost. Besides the waterbirds mentioned above, yellow pine forest birds flitter in the meadow strips and the lower limbs of the many trees. Look for woodpeckers, purple finches, and warblers."