Upper Twin, Everett, and Magee Lakes, and Magee Peak

Old Station, California 96071

Upper Twin, Everett, and Magee Lakes, and Magee Peak

Upper Twin, Everett, and Magee Lakes, and Magee Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Lake Eiler may be the most popular lake destination in Thousand Lakes Wilderness, but Everett and Magee lakes arguably have the best lake scenery. The price to be paid for accessing such extraordinary scenery is a stiff, mostly shadeless, mile-plus climb alongside Eiler Gulch from the trailhead to the lip of Thousand Lakes Valley. After surmounting that obstacle, the remainder of the hike is mostly a mild-to-moderate ascent through mixed forest to Twin Lakes, followed by a short climb to the Everett-Magee lakes basin.

A semicircle of features tower over these two subalpine lakes, including Red Cliff, Grey Cliff, Magee Peak, and Crater Peak, providing rugged mountain scenery generally lacking in the remainder of the wilderness. Everett and Magee lakes are both fairly deep, offering decent swimming and fishing, along with plenty of pleasantly shaded campsites for overnighters. A visit to the area would be incomplete without an ascent of nearby Magee Peak for the far-ranging views from a summit that once held a fire lookout. Be aware that patches of snow may still cover the upper part of the trail before mid-July."

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Trail Information

Old Station
Nearby City
16
Distance
1,715 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best: Mid-June to November
Season
5,515 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,200 feet
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Thousand Lakes Valley
Local Maps

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