Horseshoe and Indian Lakes Loop

Chester, California

Horseshoe and Indian Lakes Loop Professional Review and Guide

"There is something invigorating about leaving the main route to reach a destination. And though Indian Lake lies within 0.25 mile of the security of a designated trail, you’ll be treated to a whisper of that adventure. The path to the lakeshore is little more than a game trail, and, because the tarn is tucked in a rather steep-walled basin, out of sight of the park’s familiar landmarks, you can imagine yourself in any wilderness, a trailblazer in the unknown. Of course, you can also simply savor the seclusion, soaking in quiet sunshine on the lake’s narrow but welcoming beaches. On the trail to and from the lake, those familiar park landmarks I’ve just referred to are in abundant evidence. You can enjoy views of Lassen Peak from the saddle between Juniper Lake and Horseshoe Lake, as well as on the climb to Indian Lake, and Mount Harkness dominates the southeastern horizon on the descent from the trail’s apex. Highlights: Three lakes and vistas of two of the most prominent volcanoes in the park accent this loop. Pretty little Indian Lake is tucked in a shallow basin at the apex of the trail."

Horseshoe and Indian Lakes Loop Reviews

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The trail actually stars out moderate, then becomes easy. The lakes are beautiful and clean. Horeshoe lake is a good hike for families.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best July to September
6,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,040 feet
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Harkness; Lassen Volcanic National Park maps by the National Park Service, Earthwalk Press, and Wilderness Press; USDAFS Lassen National Forest
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