Similar to Granite Ridge
, Crystal Ridge is a great climb and gradual descent with amazing views. The trail can be followed as an out and back or combined with other trails to make loops.
Starting from the north end (at an intersection with Canyons), the trail cruises through dry open meadow with easy grades. The trail continues south after crossing the main road and rolls around low hills until descending into an intersection with Twin Lakes
From here, the trail begins to climb and travels through big pines. The surface changes from dirt to granite. Be prepared for a very steep and loose climb when getting up to the ridge.
Once the trail gains the ridge, it contours through pockets of trees, breaking out into the open the farther south you go. There is one prominent boulder outcropping that is unique and scenic.
The trail eventually descends to the main road at the far south entrance of Curt Gowdy. From here, you can connect to Highline
or the end of Canyons.