Crystal and Baum Lakes

San Francisco, California 94130

Crystal and Baum Lakes

Crystal and Baum Lakes Professional Guide

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"On a good day, my dogs will let me fish after hiking for a good hour, but those days are few and far between. While Scully will plop down and watch the world go by, Trinity is often unwilling to afford me that luxury. She’s constantly getting in the water, swimming, jumping, and making sure I see her. Crystal and Baum lakes are full of fish—German brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Big ones, up to 20 pounds, along with planted fish that are just right for the grill, at a half pound each."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Thom Gabrukiewicz
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"The trail network traces the shoreline of both lakes and is used by anglers and hikers alike. Start from the parking lot and take the path that leads to a dam that separates the two lakes. Cross the dam to the north side and then head left for the path that follows Crystal Lake’s shoreline. It’s an easy hike around the lake, where you’ll likely to see white pelicans bobbing on the water during their migration inland. You’ll pass grasslands and low brush, like squawbrush, sage, and western juniper. You’ll loop around to your starting point at a grove of ponderosa pine; look north for a great view of Mount Shasta."

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Trail Information

San Francisco
Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Year-round; snow possible in winter
Lassen National Forest, Hat Creek Ranger District
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USGS Cassel
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