Crystal Lake

Chester, California

Crystal Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Crystal Lake is the perfect destination for the adventuresome family camped at Juniper Lake, or for the visitor with limited time or stamina (or both). The ascent to the small, sunny lake is short, with switchbacks doing an almost adequate job of moderating the steepness of the trail—it may be brief, but it is enough to get the heart pumping and the thighs burning. Crystal Lake rests in a depression at the lip of a rock-rimmed valley. Folds of gray rock, which serve perfectly as seats for contemplation, spill into the clear water. The more ambitious can clamber over these rocks to explore the far shore of the lake, which is equally inviting. Highlights: This short, steep climb leads to a small tarn in a spectacular rock basin."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
380 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best June to October
6,820 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,200 feet
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Harkness; Lassen Volcanic National Park maps by the National Park Service, Earthwalk Press, and Wilderness Press; USDAFS Lassen National Forest
Local Maps

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Jun 2018