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Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Quick details:

Length: Less than 1 mile

Difficulty: Easy

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).

Trail overview:

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.

Additional information:

Estimated hiking time: Hour or less

Facilities: None

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.

January 1, 2021 at 12:49:33 AM

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