McGowan Lake Trail

Viola, California

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you deep into a dark and snow-covered forest, though with several clearings for long-distance views to the south. You’ll also see huge rock outcroppings and the swift-flowing Nanny Creek, where there’s the chance for a snow picnic. Even in the nearly quiet winter months, this trail allows for great wildlife viewing. Coyote have been seen making their way along the creek for a drink, or to ambush the snowshoe hare and mice that venture out from time to time. You might get to see a porcupine or great horned owl in the trunks of the conifers, while the chirps of mountain chickadees and the screech of Steller’s jays punctuate the normal silence.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond

by Thom Gabrukiewicz (The Mountaineers Books)

you deep into a dark and snow-covered forest, though with several clearings for long-distance views to the south. You’ll also see huge rock outcroppings and the swift-flowing Nanny Creek, where there’s the chance for a snow picnic. Even in the nearly quiet winter months, this trail allows for great wildlife viewing. Coyote have been seen making their way along the creek for a drink, or to ambush the snowshoe hare and mice that venture out from time to time. You might get to see a porcupine or great horned owl in the trunks of the conifers, while the chirps of mountain chickadees and the screech of Steller’s jays punctuate the normal silence.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Viola
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Best Winter; hikable year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,500 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Lassen Peak
Topo Map: McGowan Lake Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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7/25/2009

Easy walk with dogs. Appears road to McGowan Lake is now privately owned. We will probably return in the winter and try snow shoeing. Peaceful - we were the only ones there. Will most likely return try this again going further and down different trails.

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