Cameron Meadow and Grassy Creek Loop

Chester, California

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Sometimes spilling in dramatic cataracts, sometimes gurgling over jumbles of river cobbles, sometimes carving a sinuous path through luminously green meadows, Grassy Creek, like an energetic young child, presents many faces. It is the focal point of this trail loop, but the route, too, is multi-faceted, weaving through dense forest, passing the southern reaches of Snag Lake, and skirting the heavily wooded shores of Horseshoe Lake. You can even catch views of Lassen Peak on the final ascent—a gratifying parting shot before you rest on the beach at the north shore of Juniper Lake. Highlights: The canyon that cradles Grassy Creek, sometimes steep and always lush with riparian plants, is a joy to travel along. Three good-sized lakes also spice the route.

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"Sometimes spilling in dramatic cataracts, sometimes gurgling over jumbles of river cobbles, sometimes carving a sinuous path through luminously green meadows, Grassy Creek, like an energetic young child, presents many faces. It is the focal point of this trail loop, but the route, too, is multi-faceted, weaving through dense forest, passing the southern reaches of Snag Lake, and skirting the heavily wooded shores of Horseshoe Lake. You can even catch views of Lassen Peak on the final ascent—a gratifying parting shot before you rest on the beach at the north shore of Juniper Lake. Highlights: The canyon that cradles Grassy Creek, sometimes steep and always lush with riparian plants, is a joy to travel along. Three good-sized lakes also spice the route."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Chester
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,800 feet
Top Elevation: 7,040 feet
Local Contacts: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Harkness, Prospect Peak; Lassen Volcanic National Park maps by the National Park Service, Earthwalk Press, and Wilderness Press; USDAFS Lassen National Forest

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Jun 2018