Almanor Recreation Trail

Plumas National Forest, California

Distance10.5mi
Elevation Gain1,690ft
Trailhead Elevation4,510ft
Top4,689ft
Elevation Min/Max4503/4689ft
Elevation Start/End4510/4510ft

Almanor Recreation Trail

Almanor Recreation Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Plumas County, California. It is within Plumas National Forest and Lassen National Forest. It is 10.5 miles long and begins at 4,510 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,690 feet. The Almanor Post Office (historical) (elevation 4,554 feet) post office and the Almanor Campground camp site can be seen along the trail.

Almanor Recreation Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A hike along the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is far from a wilderness experience, but this paved path provides a pleasant tour along the southwest side of the lake through campgrounds, picnic areas, and summer homes.

Several access points allow trail users to shorten the journey, which provides plenty of good lake views, as well as sights of Lassen Peak and other summits within the park, and Dyer Mountain to the northeast. Pack a picnic lunch, swimsuit, or fishing pole for added fun."

"In summer, the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is a wide, inviting paved path that meanders along the scenic western shore of this lake, which has 55 miles of shoreline and is 13 miles long and 6 miles wide.

The lake was created in 1914 to fuel a hydroelectric plant operated by the Great Western Power Company; its name is a combination of Alice, Martha, and Elinore, the daughters of the company’s vice president. Canyon Dam, on the lakeshore, was built in 1927 to harness the North Fork FeatherRiver."

"In summer, the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is a wide, inviting paved path that meanders along the scenic western shore of this lake, which has 55 miles of shoreline and is 13 miles long and 6 miles wide. The lake was created in 1914 to fuel a hydroelectric plant operated by the Great Western Power Company; its name is a combination of Alice, Martha, and Elinore, the daughters of the company’s vice president. Canyon Dam, on the lakeshore, was built in 1927 to harness the North Fork Feather River."

"It’s new, different, mellow, scenic, and virtually people-free during the snow season. The extraordinary Lake Almanor Recreation Trail may serve walkers, cyclists, and dogs from mid-spring through fall, but the route is custom-made for snowshoers and cross-country skiers when there’s snow. Snow covers a paved, 10-foot-wide path that escorts you through peaceful tall forests and along western edges of extra-large Lake Almanor, truly one of Lassen National Forest’s ultimate lake gems. Spectacular views of Dyer Mountain, Lake Almanor, and many snow-clad high peaks in Lassen Volcanic National Park await."

"Lake Almanor is an artificial lake created by Great Western Power Company in 1914. The name of the lake is a combination of the names of the daughters of a vice president of the company: ALice, MArtha, and EliNORe. Today the lake is owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), primarily for power generation. During the peak summer months, PG&E tries to keep the lake level as high as possible, but later in the year the level drops. As a result of the water management, one can never be sure just where the shoreline will be. Specialty birds: Resident—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Bald Eagle; Mountain Quail; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Williamson’s Sapsucker; Whiteheaded Woodpecker; Townsend’s Solitaire; Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Wood Duck; Cinnamon Teal; Osprey; Sandhill Crane; Western Wood- Pewee; Hermit and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager. Winter—Hooded Merganser. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

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Trail Information

Plumas National Forest
Nearby City
Plumas National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District
Local Contacts
Lassen National Forest
Local Maps

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Oct 2018