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Crystal Crag Lodge
Reviewed 21 September 2013

We stayed at Ruby cabin for 3 nights during Sept.
After reading the reviews we expected very basic cabin but were happily surprised.
First of all the location is magnificent, right beside lake marry. Our cabin had a lake view and we loved having our own made breakfast on the porch.
They had a small pier and we rented a boat for fishing trout (even caught some right from the pier).
We bought food from the small town which was a short drive away.
The cabin kitchen had a stove, microwave and a fridge which was more than enough for us.
There were also silverware, pans, pots and everything we needed for cooking.
No TV, WiFi or radio in the cabins.

Some items to improve:
The bedroom bed wasn't comfortable.
They should add shutters to the windows.

Overall a great stay!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

I wanted to take a moment to share this while it is fresh in my mind as we just returned from a week's stay at the lodge. It's hard to know where to begin because it was simply awesome!! First of all, the location of the cabins is right on the south shore of Lake Mary and the beauty of this place is just unmatched.Only a 2 mile drive into town if you need something or want a night out for dinner. Our cabin, Amber, looked right thru the trees to the lake, you need only walk across the road to access it. The cabins themselves are charmingly vintage and basic but perfect for a stay in the mountains. If you are looking for a fancy resort look elsewhere, these are housekeeping cabins and each one is unique which I think adds to the charm. Ours was a two bedroom, had a really nice stone fireplace (they supply you plenty of wood) and the deck faced right out to the lake. Although the cabins are older, they are in really good shape and everything worked just fine, including plenty of hot water for showers.You really don't need to bring much, the kitchen is equipped, there is a BBQ provided on the deck (bring charcoal), linens and towels are all provided and they have a laundry room if you need to wash clothes. The people running this place are so friendly and helpful, anything you need just ask! They also helped me with suggestions for hiking and other activities.They really make you feel welcome with their hospitality. Crystal Crag Lodge is dog friendly which is another reason I loved it. They also have their own private dock and you can rent boats. We brought our kayaks and they were happy to let us keep them on shore right there. All in all we had a wonderful week here and will definitely be booking again...couldn't have asked for a better place to stay, thank you Crystal Crag!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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6  Thank mrowson
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

We just returned from a great Hiking weekend in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. There are only 3 Lodges in the upper Lakes Basin and Crystal Crag Lodge is one of them. The Lodge is set along the Lake Shore below Crystal Crag. We prefer staying up in the Lakes Basin versus town because the scenery is breathtaking with Spiky Granit Peaks, lush pine forests and amazing Alpine Lakes. It reminds me very much of ther European Alps. I did not want to leave that area. This was our second trip to the Mammoth Lakes. We are a couple with 1 Italian Greyhound and the Mamie Cabin worked out very well for us. Friendly welcome on arrival, a blanket for the dog and lots of firewood on the deck. The Mamie cabin is overlooking the Lake and has everything one would need for a getaway. Actualy most cabins there have a lake view. The only thing is that since you are right below Crystal Crag Peak the views are not as scenic as from over on the other side of the lake but it is still pretty. You can rent boats if you like and the Lodge is open from May to October 9. We were their last check-out date and they were shutting down the Lodge for the winter. The upper lakes region can not be reached once it snows as they don't plow into this area. We had perfect Fall hiking weather with lots of sunshine and a nice crispness in the air. In the cabin everything was in good working condition, clean, kitchen had everything and the stone fireplace was really nice for crisp evenings and mornings. But don't expect luxury. These are housekeeping cabins for Fisherman and people enjoying nature that don't need all the modern luxuries and technology. No TV etc. and you feel like in the old times. We knew this in advance and were perfectly fine with this. Bring your own blow dryer because they do not have one in the bathroom. Mamie Cabin is a small 1 Bedroom with 2 full size beds (pretty sure they were smaller than queen), small kichen area, living room with dining table for 2 and a very small bathroom with shower. The hot water and water pressure worked great. They provide lots of nice towels and bar soap. A large deck overlooking the lake with table and BBQ for that trout you might catch. Our cabin neighbors did catch their dinner. We did some really nice hikes to Crystal Lake and Rock Creek up into the Little Lakes Valley which had nice Fall colors with the golden Aspen trees. Very beautiful. We also checked out the Old Gold Mining Camp at the end of Coldwater campground and the Hot Springs near the Mammoth Airport. In the past we hiked to Lake McLeod from Horseshoe Lake which was also a great first arrival hike. Best way to get used to the higher elevation for us is a 2-4 mile hike. And those Lakes are so beautiful. It only takes about 10 minutes into town for some nice dinners, groceries and a Bar visit.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Munichchick
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

I just wanted to share that i thought the vacation I experienced at the crystal crag cabins was second to none. The staff was very polite and accomodating. They love well behaved doggies and even gave our dogs Crystal Crag dog tags with the cabin location we had in the unfortunate incident if they were to be lost. I would not recommend losing your pet however and suggest keeping them leashed. I saw some very big coyotes around. If you are looking for a great spot to unwind, fish and eat all within the confines of your own cabin then this is the place. Awesome 2 hour day hikes to Crystal Lakes, Mcceod lakes, TJ and Barret lakes. Fishing was good at Mary and caught a 3lb a short drive away over at Convict. Great places to eat in town just 10 minutes away. Saw two bald eagles flying above our cabin and discovered a new very good whiskey called High West Rendezvous at Slocums in town

The people that run this place have passion for what they do.

Chris

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Terrier32
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

My husband and I have been to the Sierras several times before, staying in both Yosemite and Kings Canyon. This was our first trip to Mammoth and boy did we have a good time! We stayed In the Virginia cabin from June 11th-16th 2012. We were surprised at the beauty of Mammoth lakes and yet the easy convenience to town for necessities and fishing licenses. The location of the Virginia cabin can not be beat! It had the best view of the lake with a clear opening in the trees that offered a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and Lake Mary. The Cabin itself is very nice and well maintained. The style however is very old fashioned and not modern. This was not an issue for us, as the point of this vacation was to relax and get away from our modern conveniences. There are no TV's or Radio's so make sure to bring your own if you are interested in having these kinds of amenities available. The kitchen was a good size as were the bedrooms and bathrooms. The shower in one of the bathrooms had a hard time draining but that wasn't an issue for us. No need for long showers! There is a barbecue on the deck and comfortable table and chairs for relaxing while cooking dinner. Firewood is constantly replenished along with other necessities when you need them (all you have to do is ask!) They provide toilet paper, towels, kitchen towels, dishes, cups, pots and pans and even a doggie dish! If you like to do a bit more elaborate cooking, you definitely need to bring your own items, such as a cuisinart or blender. (They do however have a toaster and microwave.) The beds were very comfortable and there are additional blankets in the closets of each of the rooms to warm you on those colder nights. The surrounding area is very quiet and offers a very peaceful sleep. Ample windows throughout the cabin offer a wide view of the area. There was alot of seating in the living room, however it would have been nice to have more than once couch considering that the cabin (from our estimate) could sleep anywhere from six to ten with the sleeper sofa. The staff was very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to help us when we were in need of anything. Unfortunately for us, the area surrounding Devils Post Pile was closed due to a recent windstorm and the damages left behind, so we were not able to see Devils Post Pile nor Rainbow Falls of any of the hikes in that area. From the location of Crystal Crag Lodge, you have very easy access to several hikes and we had our fair share of wildlife exposure. I would definitely recommend the hike to Crystal Lake, it was absolutely gorgeous and well worth the work! Overall we enjoyed our visit immensely and will definitely go back to Crystal Crag Lodge.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Vanessa K
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

Stayed in cozy Mamie cabin with everything we needed, staff was attentive and great. Snow, weather and mountains; beauty beyond description. Booking for next year. Oh and BTW, the fishing was great.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank tom_treddles
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Garnet cabin (1 bedroom, lakeview) with our 2 children (6.5 and 1.5) at the end of June. Tons of snow still, but Lake Mary had melted at least. We loved the cabin--very unpretentious and cozy. It is small--we had to keep shifting our luggage from room to room depending on the time of day and the activities we were engaged in, but it was nice to have an authentic old cabin experience. Lake Mary is beautiful and there was a wonderful view of it from our cabin. Staff was very friendly and responsive to all our needs. Our only real complaint was the bed--not very comfortable and the sheets kept rolling off the bed whenever we would move or roll over. Overall a wonderful experience, though one thing to keep in mind is how very high Lake Mary is--amost 9000 feet. This really hit us hard as we live at sea level. After about a day we had all the symptoms of altitude sickness (feeling winded all the time, lethargic, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, etc.), which made it kind of hard to get the most out of our vacation. But obviously this is not Crystal Crag's fault. Nice that they had a laundromat on site, too.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Crystal Crag Lodge

Address: Lake Mary Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Region: United States > California > Mammoth Lakes
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Mammoth Lakes
Price Range: £61 - £207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 22 cabins from 1-4 bedrooms set right alongside beautiful Lake Mary, just minutes from the town of Mammoth Lakes, but in a world of our own. Incomparable setting and views and some of the best hiking, biking, and fishing anywhere. Not fancy, but clean and comfortable, and the beds have all been replaced recently and are of very good quality. ... more   less 
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