The main attraction of this trail is the access to Crystal Lake. Fishing at Crystal Lake and good scenery is available along this trail. Good camping areas are generally not available until reaching the McKenzie Park area approximately 3.3 miles from the Miners Creek Road. Good camping places are also available at Crystal Lake. Four-wheel-drive vehicles can get to Crystal Lake via access from the Bristol Head Road (Forest Road 532).
Domestic sheep can sometimes be seen grazing in McKenzie Park and the Crystal Lake area during the summer months. Intense lightning storms occur in this area during the summer rainy season.
Hikers with 2-wheel-drive vehicles should park near the fence immediately after the Shallow Creek Road (Forest Road 804) crosses Miners Creek. From this point, the road/trail will junction within 200 yards. Hikers should keep to the right. After proceeding approximately 300 yards, the road will again fork. Both forks will take hikers to the same point. The road/trail to the left will have less steep climbs but is a longer route to the beginning of the foot trail. The road to the right, straight ahead, has one long, steep climb but is a shorter route to the beginning of the foot trail.
Four-wheel-drive vehicles must turn left, as the shorter steeper route to the foot path is closed to motorized vehicles. Shortly after the foot trail begins, the hiker must climb up a series of switchbacks before entering the scattered patches of spruce/fir timber and small open parks at the east end of McKenzie Park. The trail will meander through McKenzie Park for about 1.0 mile. Towards the west end of the park, the trail will be somewhat undefined.
Continue northwesterly through the alpine meadows for about 0.5 mile and you will either cross the Crystal Lake 4-wheel-drive access road or be able to see Crystal Lake. If you find the 4-wheel-drive access road, head north and in less than 0.5 mile you will be at Crystal Lake.
Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel south on Colorado Highway 149 for approximately 3.0 miles to Forest Development Road # 507 (Miners Creek Road). Go north on Forest Road 507 for approximately 1.4 miles. Turn west onto the Shallow Creek Road (Forest Road 508). The next 1.5 miles of this trail can be driven by 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Those is 2-wheel-drive vehicles should park and start hiking immediately after crossing Miners Creek.
June through September .