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.
Crystal Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Mike White, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Mike White, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press).
"This jaunt takes you to lofty views from the Chihuahua Bowl and the Chihuahua Mine, then on to the peaceful lakes along Crystal Creek."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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