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At less than 0.25 miles, this is a family friendly roadside lake that is accessible to most everyone. On our visit, there were many families playing along the shoreline and setting up inflatable boats for an afternoon of lounging on the lake. Tucked near the scenic base of Mount Watson, the popularity is well deserved. This is a great family and dog-friendly destination close to the car.
The trailhead is the Crystal Lake Trailhead off the Mirror Lake highway. This is at milepost 25.5, which is 25.5 from Kamas Utah on highway 150 or about 52 miles south of Evanston Wyoming on Highway 150. The Mirror Lake highway is closed from late fall to about Memorial Day. The trail would likely be very snowy until late June in most years.
At milepost 25.5, turn left onto the paved road signed from Trial Lake and Crystal Lake Trailhead. Stay left a short distance from the highway, but take the second right 0.7 miles from the highway. Follow this 0.5 miles to its end at the Crystal Lake Trailhead.
The trailhead has a pit toilet and a large parking. There are also several campgrounds in the area.
From the parking area, follow the unsigned trail that starts on the left of the bathroom. You may notice a junction a couple of minutes from the restroom. If so, go right. The lake is reached within 5 minutes of the trailhead.
The peak to the west/north that dominates the view is Mount Watson.
There are many big logs along the shore that make for great places to sit, picnic, and enjoy the day. No fisherman on the day we visited, which makes me wonder how good the fishing is.
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