Length: Less than 1 mile
Trail Surface: Dirt Trail, Dirt Trail, Rough, Rocky
Scenery: Wildflowers, Birdwatching, Forest, Lake
Directions: From Afton, Wyoming head south on US Highway 89 for approximately 14.2 miles. Turn left onto Forest Rd 10072/Smiths Fork Rd and continue for approximately 14.3 miles. The Crystal Lake trailhead will be on the left (park along the side of the road).
A hike for all ages. The trail head is slightly hidden by a patch of trees and descends steeply off the side of the main road. The trail is short (less than a mile) and involves one narrow bridge crossing. The start of the hike goes through some beautiful trees and across a stream. The rest of the path has little shade. Crystal Lake itself is a clear spring that is fed by multiple small waterfalls that gush out of the side of the mountain. Recommended to hike from June until October. If the weather is good you could swim, but the water is pretty cold.
Estimated hiking time: Hour or less
Configuration: Out and back
Exposure: Moderate Shade
Trail Traffic: Light
Dogs: Yes, on leash
Access Fees: Free
Gear to Take: Sunscreen, hat, bug spray, backpack, snacks, water.
Covid19 Requirements: As long as government regulations permit, the public trail system is still open for use. Masks should be used in areas where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. Extra care should be taken when using public facilities, including (but not limited to) bathrooms, public handrails, picnic areas, etc. The use of sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer is encouraged.