Crystal Lake Trail

Sequoia National Park, California
Elevation Gain1,454ft
Trailhead Elevation9,888ft
Elevation Min/Max9888/10862ft
Elevation Start/End9888/9888ft

Crystal Lake Trail

Crystal Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park and John Krebs Wilderness. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 9,888 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,454 feet. The Chihuahua Mine (elevation 10,240 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Sawtooth Pass Trail.
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"While the start of this route follows the popular Sawtooth Pass Trail, after 2.9 miles the trail to Crystal Lake veers away to the southeast across open, view-packed Chihuahua Bowl, crosses over an airy ridge, and then traverses above Crystal Creek before zigzagging up to the lake. Occupying a horseshoe-shaped bowl south of Mineral Peak and immediately west of the Great Western Divide, beautiful Crystal Lake is a fine destination for day hikers and overnighters." Read more
"The Sawtooth Pass Trail is often crowded with hikers and backpackers bound for Monarch Lakes or Sawtooth Pass and other points east, but few veer away from the main trail toward Crystal Lake. Apparently, an extra half mile and 600 feet of elevation gain are enough to dissuade most travelers. Beyond the Sawtooth Pass and Crystal Lake junction, the tailings from and shaft of the Chihuahua Mine are vivid reminders of the high expectations miners and investors had for the Mineral King area—expectations that were never realized. The lake itself is quite picturesque and strikingly backdropped by steep, multicolored peaks; it makes a fine destination for either a dayhike or overnight backpack." Read more
Laurel Scheidt
"This jaunt takes you to lofty views from the Chihuahua Bowl and the Chihuahua Mine, then on to the peaceful lakes along Crystal Creek." Read more

Trail Information

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