Crescent Lake Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

An 8.3 mile-long less-developed hiking trail following the shore of Crescent Lake. This trail travels mostly though open meadows and brushy areas with views of Crescent Lake and the surrounding mountains the entire way. It is rough, overgrown, and there are creeks that must be forded. Visitation is light. Snow can linger here until early June.

Click here for the Recreation Opportunity Guide on Crescent Creek Trail

Click here for the Recreation Opportunity Guide on Carter Lake Trail

At a Glance

Restrictions: Closed to motorized vehicles May 1- November 30. Closed to pack/saddle stock April1-June 30. Not recommended for horses or bicycles.

General Information


Access is via Carter Lake Trail (3.4 miles) or Crescent Creek Trail (6.4 miles). This trail is not used in winter when the travel route becomes the frozen surface of Crescent Lake.


Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

Designated backcountry campsites, most of which include bear resistant food lockers.


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