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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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park (Falcon Guides).
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