Crystal and Baum Lakes Trail

Burney, California 96013

Crystal and Baum Lakes Trail

Crystal and Baum Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Especially on a clear winter’s day, the tranquil waters of Crystal and Baum Lakes dramatically reflect the snowy visages of Burney Mountain to the west and Mount Shasta to the north. It’s a placid place where osprey, hawks, and migratory ducks and geese soar aloft. Take a twilight trek and hope to experience an award-winning sunset, quite common after a cold-front snowstorm leaves behind a blanket of cumulus and cirrus clouds on the horizon. The easy-to-follow route traces the lakes’ shorelines, showing off hatchery-released rainbow and brook trout. A good snow often lingers for days, getting crustier as it slowly melts in this typically cold basin. But snow at this low elevation is occasional, so call ahead to determine if there is enough for snowshoeing. Even as snow is falling, it’s hard to get lost. Besides the waterbirds mentioned above, yellow pine forest birds flitter in the meadow strips and the lower limbs of the many trees. Look for woodpeckers, purple finches, and warblers."

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"On a good day, my dogs will let me fish after hiking for a good hour, but those days are few and far between. While Scully will plop down and watch the world go by, Trinity is often unwilling to afford me that luxury. She’s constantly getting in the water, swimming, jumping, and making sure I see her. Crystal and Baum lakes are full of fish—German brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Big ones, up to 20 pounds, along with planted fish that are just right for the grill, at a half pound each."

"The trail network traces the shoreline of both lakes and is used by anglers and hikers alike. Start from the parking lot and take the path that leads to a dam that separates the two lakes. Cross the dam to the north side and then head left for the path that follows Crystal Lake’s shoreline. It’s an easy hike around the lake, where you’ll likely to see white pelicans bobbing on the water during their migration inland. You’ll pass grasslands and low brush, like squawbrush, sage, and western juniper. You’ll loop around to your starting point at a grove of ponderosa pine; look north for a great view of Mount Shasta."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–3 hours
Local Contacts
USGS Cassel
Local Maps

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Oct 2018