Last month, I headed up the winding roads of the San Gabriel Mountains. My destination? The only natural occurring lake in a 970 sq miles radius. Seated in a bowl of granite, being only replenished by springs and the snow, Crystal Lake is one of the wonders of Southern California.
Wandering in the forest around the campgrounds with time being non-existent proved to be surreal, restful, and exciting. Spending time out in the wild with nature always creates room for peace which in turn calms my mind.
Even when hiking Windy Gap Trailhead the child in me came out. That time of thoughtfulness reminded me that it was okay to make mistakes and laugh and cry and try again.
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The Crystal Lake Campgrounds:
With a large public campground containing about 120 camp sites, a cafe that serves hot meals, and amazing mountain hikes. Crystal Lake is the perfect place to reconnect with the great outdoors.
Oh and did I mention that each campsite is only $12 a night with $12 a night parking fee? That’s a total of $24 a night! The only catch to this deal is that it’s first come first serve year round. AND you don’t need a permit to stay here. [Source]
Although, currently in 2021, the lake is still recovering from damage caused by the 2002 Curve Fire. One day it will once again be as Benjamin Eaton claimed, “…clear as crystal….and good to drink.”
So what are you waiting for? The Mountains Are Calling.