Breckenridge, Colorado

Lakeside Camping at Lower Crystal Lake

Originally added by Ryan Mckinney

Amazing lake view campsites with your buddies. Great Fishing. Wildlife. A 3 mile hike or drive to camp. Duration: Overnight.

To get to the Crystal Lakes take the Spruce Creek Trailhead. You can hike or drive to the Lower Crystal Lake. If you choose to drive, you will need a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. There are no fees to camp here.

If you want to hike to the Upper Crystal Lake follow the trail past Lower Crystal Lake and continue 1.9 miles up the switch backs.

As you are making your way to the Lower Crystal Lake, keep an eye out for moose and elk. Some other animals you may run into are pica, marmot, ptarmigan, porcupine, big horn sheep, and mountain goat.

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Camping
Fishing
Photography
Snowshoeing
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Even better than expected!

This was a great first night in the mountains. We wound up getting a 4x4 so we drove the trail up to the lake. There were a handful of other trucks and campers at the lake overnight. Not crowded. Gave some guys a ride to the lake in the back of our truck. Did some fly fishing but didn’t have what the trout were looking for. Could see the fish but no bites. This would definitely be a tough hike but worth it.

Such a beautiful place and rarely crowded.

Camped at the trailhead and then hiked Crystal Peak the next day. Check out my adventure detailing what that was like: https://theoutbound.com/colorado/hiking/hike-to-crystal-peak

Awesome Hiking and Camping

Beautiful Hike up to Lower Crystal Lake and we camped at the bottom of the trail off of Spruce Creek Trailhead Rd. There were a ton of dispersed camping spots a bit off the trail where you are more secluded. Would definitely go back!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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