Lakeside Camping at Lower Crystal Lake

Colorado Spruce Creek Trail

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.

Pack List

  • Nemo Meta 2p Tent
  • Camping Essentials
  • High Clearance 4X4 Vehicle
  • Fishing Gear
  • Hiking Gear
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Spring, Summer, Autumn



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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:

19 days ago

about 2 months ago

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!

about 2 months ago

4 months ago


Everything you could ever want in a weekend camping adventure!!!

4 months ago

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