Peak(s):  Crystal Pk A  -  13,852 feet
Date Posted:  09/19/2011
Date Climbed:   07/21/2011
Author:  skiingrock

 Crystal Pk 4wd to lower crystal lake  

I am gona get out of order all the peaks i hiked this summer because i just found this site and have lots of peaks to write. I live at copper mtn colorado and am 18 years old and love to hike and be in the mountains so this is wat i have been doin all summer. I made a list before my surgy and now i am trying to get throught it. So today it was crystal pk right out my back down in the ten mile range. Lost of people hike to the lakes from Spruce Creek Trailhead but today i was with my ski coach and we had a lifted FJ so we went 4 Wheelin up to the the lower lake. U defenitaly need a 4wd car to get up this road!!!!!!!! As you go up we get to see one of the 10th mnt division cabins wat is locked i think but is super cool. After that you get to the lakes and can start to hike. It was a nice day so we dicided scence there was no rush we would do some boulder crawling in a rock garden for a little.
i have never been big into 4 wheelin and i think its sorta cool but get old and is just sorta stupide i think but i enjoyed a little romp through the rocks After this we got read to go hiking. As we were gettin ready we say 2 big groups coming down from the upper lake? It was the keystone scince school with some younger kids. This hike from lower lake to upper lake is just 3 really big switch backs not to exciting but there are lots of fishin in the lower lake i was trying to catch them in my hat hahaha.
lower crystal lake
We got up to the upper lake in no time and started are sorta rock scrable steep hill hike up to the ridge. Wen we got onto the ridge i got a call from my surgy doctor i hate lieing to people but i did not feel like gettin my ass chewd out on such a nice day so i said i was at home watchin tv hahah My coach is is gettin in chape for hunting season so we were doin some scouting and he was carrying a shit ton of stuff. once you get to the ridge its perrty easy until the last little push to the summit. Wen you get ot the top super sick veiws and not a big crowd. Me and him were the only people in site besides the 40 or 50 people hiking Quandry hahaha Also wat were were checkin out was Pacific Coulior for a spring time shred and it looks SOOO SICK one of the coolest lines i have seen in colorado
Top of Crytal lookin towards Pacific Peak

After hanging out on the summit for a little it was time for some fun glasading hahahah We probably saved a good hr of hiking down to the lower lake Lots of snow and it was right to the lake

After are fun times it was cool to see the DOW officers up there checkin for goats and sheep. The said they dhadnt seen any but were just lookin. After a quick talk with them we were headed back to the FJ and then back into town for my docs appoint ment at 4 in vail hahahah good day out in the ten mile

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