Mammoth Crest & Crystal Lake

CRYSTAL LAKE 1.75 miles The trail-head is to the immediate right of the parking lot entrance at Lake George. Climbing above Lake George through stands of mountain hemlock, the trail offers striking views of the Mammoth Lakes Basin.

MAMMOTH CREST 3 miles Use the same trail-head as Crystal Lake. The trail splits to the right, heading for the Crest about one mile along the trail. You'll be rewarded with expansive views of the Minarets, Mammoth Mountain and the Mammoth Lakes Basin.

Note: A wilderness permit is required for overnight travel.

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Latitude: 37.6037008 Longitude: -119.0110517 Elevation: 9045 ft
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Alicia Vennos

Vertical Gain or Loss

700 ft / 1700 ft.

Trail Distance

3.25 / 6 miles, round trip


We hiked up to Mammoth Crest in September this year. It was wonderful: what a view and so nice and quiet! Really enjoyable. Did have some difficulty to determine the location of the ’Crest' itself as the trail just goes on, however, did not matter as views were magnificent!

marjan, 11/20/2012

Beautiful hike. Not very time-consuming, amazing scenery which can be seen here!

Sam Acosta, 6/27/2015

Moderate hike. Great for younger kids who have hiked with parents. Beautiful views of Lake George and Lake Mary. Slight elevation. Much of the hike is in the shade. Take the trail to the left of the lake when you arrive. Took us two hours with a stop for lunch.

norm beegun, 8/3/2015

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