Crystal Lake Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Crystal Lake is different from most high mountain lakes. It’s very shallow, about 13 feet deep in the spring after the mountain snowmelt, and by the end of the summer it may dwindle to only 5 feet. The lake’s water gradually seeps out through its porous limestone bottom until it is almost nonexistent, and then the snowmelt begins again. As a result, the trout found here are restocked annually, since they can’t survive the thick ice cover and lack of oxygen in the winter. The lake is perfect for canoes and float tubes and attracts family groups.
The range lives up to its name, with peaks that top out above 8,000 feet and are usually snowcapped well into July. The Big Snowies are often called a laboratory range, due to continued geological study of the formation’s 400-million-year history and wealth of visible fossils. Hikers and campers may come across fossils or notice the sedimentary aspects, but their appreciation is generally for the recreational aspects of this distinctive island in the midst of the prairies."