Crystal Crag Approach Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hikers in search of a splash of alpine grandeur close to Mammoth will find it quickly at Crystal Lake, cupped in a bowl between the Mammoth Crest and the 10, 364-foot monolith of Crystal Crag. You will gain increasingly superb views as you mount higher, embracing ever greater expanses of the Mammoth Lakes basin, its blue lakes, green forests, and red mountains. These mountains take their color from metamorphic rocks, which are among the oldest in the Sierra, as well as from lava, which are among the youngest."
--Barry Parr, Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides).
"This hike is a “wow” at every bend. It ascends gradually on sweeping switchbacks in and out of the pine and fir forest, revealing stunning views of Lake George, Lake Mary, and the Mammoth Crest where the trail skirts the granitic perches.This trail to Crystal Lake is not the Eastern Sierra’s best- kept secret judging by the number of hikers and backpackers with dogs who travel to the lake and beyond. It is a very popular and easily accessible trail at the end of a paved road adjacent to a popular fishing lake, panoramic campground, and dog-friendly cabin resort. But then again, the popularity of some hikes is a reflection of how special or rewarding they are, and Crystal Lake fits that criteria."
--Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally, Best Dog Hikes Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"This is just another postcard-perfect destination in exchange for a little sweat and heavy breathing. Follow the dirt trail, with its intruding large roots and scattered boulders, as it starts to climb out of the parking lot, eventually switch-backing behind the cabins at Woods Lodge. Lake George soon becomes visible on your left with the Crystal Crag rock formation towering above the lake. Crystal Lake sits to the right and beneath the crag."
--Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly, Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California (The Mountaineers Books).
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