I took a chance to go to Big Crystal in the first week of July. With its elevation and how the lake is tucked against the cliffs, I worried that there would still be a lot of snow. But I wasn’t expecting all the ice. It put a bit of a damper on the fishing since the place the fish usually hang it was still covered. I was only able to catch one fish.
I jumped back down to Lawn Lake, that that was fantastic. It was a beautify day and very little wind. I fished a little bit too long and had to job back before it got dark. When I was just about to my car, I rolled an ankle which didn’t feel too good. I may need to take a week off while I heal up a bit.
The hike is a long one, nearly 17 miles round trip with roughly 3,000 feet elevation gain. It took me two hours and twenty minutes to Lawn, then about another forty-five minutes up to Crystal, mostly because of all the snow and the sheer elevation.