Chaos Crags and Manzanita Creek

Old Station, California 96071

Chaos Crags and Manzanita Creek

Chaos Crags and Manzanita Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This easily accessible pair of trails in the northwest corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park offers vivid contrasts: You’ll walk through serene forests and lush meadows that exist just 2 miles from stark and barren Chaos Crags and Lassen Peak, massive volcanoes that have been active within the last millennium and were formed a thousand years ago from a 1,500-foot lava surge. Manzanita Creek’s clear and cold waters and numerous wildflowers also highlight the trip. For those who want to backpack, look for occasional level areas. You must camp at least 1 mile from the campground and a quarter-mile from the trail. Permits are required for overnight trips along Manzanita Creek (day hiking only to Crags Lake); obtain one from the Loomis Museum at the park’s northwest entrance station, from the park’s Mineral office, or from the Almanor Ranger District in Chester."

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Trail Information

Old Station
Nearby City
1,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours or 2 days
Best mid-June through late October
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Manzanita Lake, Lassen Peak
Local Maps

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Dec 2018