Summit Lake to Cluster, Twin, Rainbow, Snag, Horseshoe, and Swan Lakes Loop Backpacking

Mineral, California

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Numerous lakes, easy terrain, and a lack of crowds make this trip a backpacker’s paradise. This loop takes you to several of the best lakes in the park, and since these lakes are never too far apart, you have plenty of opportunities for camping and swimming. (However, fishing is limited.) The gentle terrain makes getting around fairly easy, a particular bonus for families with young children. And with a remote location in northeastern California, far from any of the state’s urban centers, there are no quotas and few people to share the backcountry with too many others.

Summit Lake to Cluster, Twin, Rainbow, Snag, Horseshoe, and Swan Lakes Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"Numerous lakes, easy terrain, and a lack of crowds make this trip a backpacker’s paradise. This loop takes you to several of the best lakes in the park, and since these lakes are never too far apart, you have plenty of opportunities for camping and swimming. (However, fishing is limited.) The gentle terrain makes getting around fairly easy, a particular bonus for families with young children. And with a remote location in northeastern California, far from any of the state’s urban centers, there are no quotas and few people to share the backcountry with too many others."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mineral
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 days
Season: Summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Reading Peak, West Prospect Peak, Prospect Peak, and Mt. Harkness
Driving Directions: Directions to Summit Lake to Cluster, Twin, Rainbow, Snag, Horseshoe, and Swan Lakes Loop (Backpacking)

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May 2018