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Lake Trail #9W27

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0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 95' 29 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 5,723' 1,744 m
Low: 5,644' 1,720 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Alan Coles

A beautiful trail connecting a campground with Crystal Lake.

Alan Coles

Features Birding · Lake · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy hiking and close to the campground and lake.

Need to Know

Adventure Pass required to park at trailheads and day use areas.

Description

This is a popular trail for campers and visitors that connects the Crystal Lake Campground and visitor center with the lake. From the store/cafe, head down the road a few hundred yards to pick up the trail on the right (west) side.

The trail gently climbs through a mature forest of bigcone spruce, Jeffrey pines, sugar pines, white fir, and live oaks. It crosses the Crystal Lake Road then meets with the Lost Ridge Trail #9W25. It then parallels the road to the day-use area at the lake.

This trail is very useful for making easy loop hikes in the basin by connecting with the Lost Ridge Trail #9W25 and Windy Gap Trail #9W06.

Flora & Fauna

Excellent area containing many types of conifer trees, large oaks. Deer, bears, foxes, squirrels are often seen.

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