Manzanita Lake Trail

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California 96063

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain170ft
Trailhead Elevation5,875ft
Top5,879ft
Elevation Min/Max5846/5879ft
Elevation Start/End5875/5875ft

Manzanita Lake Trail

Manzanita Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 5,875 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 170 feet. Along the trail there are drinking water and parking. This trail connects with the following: Hiking Trail.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Manzanita Lake is one of Lassen Volcanic’s busiest hubs, and for good reason. The easy shoreline access and the relatively short loop trail around the lake are attractive for sightseers, naturalists, anglers, picnickers, hikers, and joggers. Motorized boating is not allowed on any park lake, which contributes to a peaceful ambience, at least away from the tra?c noise generated from the Main Park Road nearby. On most summer days, a thriving cross section of wildlife, mainly birds, will reward visitors with keen eyes." Read more
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"A prettier sight than a winter view of Lassen Peak across the crystalline surface of Manzanita Lake after a fresh dusting of snow is hard to imagine. When the sky is blue and the snow pristine, fortunate winter visitors can revel in the beautiful scenery as they travel the easy, basically ?at, short loop around Manzanita Lake. As an added bonus, visitation is usually lighter here than at the southwest entrance. The Park Service does not recommend this route for skiers." Read more
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Along the Manzanita Creek Route, skiers and snowshoers make a pleasant journey through light forest for a few miles to reach the open upper canyon, where views of Crescent Cliff and Loomis Peak provide an ample reward for the mild-to-moderate climb. The trip can be done as an overnighter, but campsites should be located away from the avalanche chutes on Loomis Peak. After about 2 miles, the route draws nearer to the stream and climbs moderately through a mostly red fir forest. After another mile, the grade eases and the terrain opens up in the vicinity of a series of meadows in the upper drainage." Read more
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Few seem to tread this trail up the canyon of Manzanita Creek to the base of Crescent Cliff, which is a shame, as the wildflower display in the upper meadows is one of Lassen Volcanic’s finest. What the trail lacks in picturesque lakes and sweeping views is more than made up for by the serenity of the lowland forest and the outstanding floral delights of the upper canyon. A wide, sandy path leads south from the trailhead and soon intersects the course of the old Manzanita Creek Road on a moderate climb through patches of greenleaf manzanita and stands of Jeffrey pine and white fir. Eventually, the trail crosses to the west of a steep-sided gully, switchbacks out of the gully, and then climbs moderately before the grade eases on a pleasant, half-mile ascent to a notch in a morainal ridge. Although views are rare along this stretch of trail, parts of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags can be seen through the trees." Read more

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Trail Information

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Nearby City
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Parks
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Lassen Peak, Manzanita Lake
Local Maps

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Dec 2018