Crystal Lakes #44
This area has beautiful alpine scenery with views of the Tenmile Range. A 4WD road leads to Lower Crystal Lake and then a hiking trail continues for approximately 2 miles to Upper Crystal Lake. The road will take you through numerous alpine meadows which are fed by the tributaries of Crystal Creek. The road rises onto a shelf with Lower Crystal Lake nestled against the mountain walls. A cabin at the lake offers some shelter from the wind. Directly west of the cabin is Peak 10 at the Breckenridge Ski Area.
* There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this trail which is complete with directions, a map, details, and other information about this trail. Or to see quicksheets for other recreation areas across the Forest, click on the "Recreation Quicksheets" link in the right column and select the appropriate Ranger District.
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Crystal Lakes Trail #44: Closed to motor vehicles. Crystal Lakes Road: Open to motor vehicles.|
|Closest Towns:||Breckenridge, CO|
|Information Center:||Dillon Ranger District; 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 970-468-5400|
General InformationDirections: From I-70 take Exit 203, Frisco/Breckenridge, and travel south on HWY 9 through Frisco and to Breckenridge. Continue 2.3 miles south on HWY 9 past Breckenridge and turn right onto Spruce Creek Rd (County Rd 800). Take left turns at the forks for approximately 1.8 miles until you come to the Spruce Creek Trailhead. If you do not have 4WD you can park at the trailhead and walk up the road OR continue driving and at the first junction turn right onto Crystal Creek Road (FDR 803). This is a 4WD road that will take you to Lower Crystal Lake. Motorized travel is prohibited beyond Lower Crystal Lake.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
OHV Road Riding
Alerts & Warnings
- Garibaldi Gulch (NFSR 356) closed through Oct. 7
- Crystal Mill Road (NFSR 314) closed Oct. 3-7
- NFSR 700 to be closed at Red Sandstone Creek through Oct. 14
- Keystone Gulch Road closed to motor traffic at Upper Gate
- Homestake Reservoir Dam parking area closed
- Logging traffic on Boreas Pass, Indiana Creek
- Grizzly Creek Trail and Canyon closed after 2 miles
- Coulter Lake Closure