Little Willow Lake

Chester, California

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Little Willow Lake is “out there.” Secluded and pristine, it lies just off the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near where the trail crosses the southern border of the park. The shallow waters evaporate to small marshy pools that hold clusters of lily pads in late season, all cradled in a thickly forested basin. The lake is the perfect launching point for a trek along the PCT through the park, and the perfect destination for the Lassen explorer seeking a site less visited. Highlights: A rolling hike that follows the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) past two hydrothermal areas to an isolated lake on the southern boundary of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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"Little Willow Lake is “out there.” Secluded and pristine, it lies just off the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near where the trail crosses the southern border of the park. The shallow waters evaporate to small marshy pools that hold clusters of lily pads in late season, all cradled in a thickly forested basin. The lake is the perfect launching point for a trek along the PCT through the park, and the perfect destination for the Lassen explorer seeking a site less visited. Highlights: A rolling hike that follows the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) past two hydrothermal areas to an isolated lake on the southern boundary of Lassen Volcanic National Park."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Chester
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best June to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,640 feet
Top Elevation: 6,250 feet
Local Contacts: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Maps: USGS Reading 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