Drake Lake

Chester, California

Drake Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This is a lung and leg hike: Test your lung power on the way up, and your legs—especially your knees—on the way down. Fortunately, a lovely lake and fantastic views make the work more than worthwhile. Drake Lake lies high above Drakesbad and the Warner Valley, and though the lower destinations in the area, like Boiling Springs Lake, get good traffic during the summer months, Drake Lake is seldom swamped. The shallow bowl that cradles the lake is rimmed in marsh grasses, wildflowers, and thick, mixed fir forest, so even if you do encounter other folks on the trail, you (and they) can find solitude and peace around the lakeshore. Highlights: A steep hike to a secluded lake. The climb, fortunately, features stunning views of the"

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Trail Information

Nearby City
880 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best late June to early October
5,640 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,520 feet
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Reading Peak; Lassen Volcanic National Park maps by the National Park Service, Earthwalk Press, and Wilderness Press; USDAFS Lassen National Forest
Local Maps

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Jun 2018