Juniper Lake

Chester, California

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A sparkling mountain lake beside the Lassen Wilderness Area, Juniper Lake lies on a vast lava plateau more than 1 mile above sea level. The Tahoe clear water is fed by snowmelt from the surrounding peaks stretching above 7,500 feet. Lassen’s 10,457-foot peak is easily visible 11 miles to the west. About one-third of the shoreline is designated wilderness area. Private cabins blend in with the northwest shore. The nearby trailheads offer attractive hiking trails to other lakes and mountains. Lassen Volcanic National Park is a fee area. The park requires reservations for group camping at Juniper Lake Campground. Depending on snowmelt, cars may be left some distance from the designated campsites. Bring drinking water or be prepared to treat it. Lakeside camping is prohibited.

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"A sparkling mountain lake beside the Lassen Wilderness Area, Juniper Lake lies on a vast lava plateau more than 1 mile above sea level. The Tahoe clear water is fed by snowmelt from the surrounding peaks stretching above 7,500 feet. Lassen’s 10,457-foot peak is easily visible 11 miles to the west. About one-third of the shoreline is designated wilderness area. Private cabins blend in with the northwest shore. The nearby trailheads offer attractive hiking trails to other lakes and mountains. Lassen Volcanic National Park is a fee area. The park requires reservations for group camping at Juniper Lake Campground. Depending on snowmelt, cars may be left some distance from the designated campsites. Bring drinking water or be prepared to treat it. Lakeside camping is prohibited."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Chester
Distance: 1.5
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best July to September
Local Maps: USGS Mount Harkness
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

7/28/2008
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This lake is amazingly clear. So clear that you can get spooked by seeing your shadow in 30-40 feet of water. it's a long drive on a dirt road, but worth it. If you are looking for a place to fish, don't bother with this lake... soemthing about the PH from the volcanic activity makes this a lousy lake for fish... but good for paddlers.



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