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Fishing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Cebolla Ranger District

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Crystal Lake

Elevation: 12,080 Feet (3765.6 Meters)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 141 Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, Lake City
Recommended Season: Late Summer

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General Description

Crystal Lake can be accessed from the Crystal Lake Trail, 235. The lake lies at approximately 12,080 feet at the head of Crystal Creek. The hike to Crystal Lake is difficult, gaining over 3,000 vertical feet in four miles. Fishing for brook and rainbow trout, in Crystal Lake, varies from fair to good.

Directions from Lake City: Drive north on Highway 149 toward Gunnison. About one half mile past the town limits, turn left, toward the old Lake City IOOF Cemetery, on to Balsam Drive. Follow this road and turn right just in front of the cemetery entrance and park here. The trailhead is approximately one half mile past the cemetery, so continue walking on Balsam Drive to reach it. Crystal Lake is four miles from the trailhead.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Crystal Lake
ICON Dispersed Camping Crystal Lake
ICON Cold Water Fishing Crystal Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Crystal Lake Trail, Larson Lakes Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Crystal Lake, Larson Lakes Trail
ICON Animal Identification Crystal Lake
ICON Bird Identification Crystal Lake
ICON Plant Identification Crystal Lake
ICON Wildflower Identification Crystal Lake Trail, Larson Lakes Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Crystal Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Crystal Lake

Related Activities
Crystal Lake Trail - This old jeep trail has been closed to motor vehicles. It offers access to the Big Blue Wilderness and fair fishing at Larson Lakes.

Larson Lakes Trail - This old jeep road delivers the traveler to good fishing at Larson Lake and provides access to the Big Blue Wilderness.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Ouray County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 145 , Ouray, CO, 81427, Phone: 800-228-1876


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