Best Trails in Lassen National Forest

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on McGowan Lake Trail
1 month ago

hiking

This is not a trail, it's a gravel road. this might be great for snowmobiling in the winter, but it's a lame hike in the summer. and you can't even access the lake because once you get about 1/4 mile away, the land turns into private property.

don't waste your time on this trail. Drive the extra few miles to one of many great trails in lassen national park.

on Ridge World - Keddie Ridg...
1 month ago

hiking

The road was blocked off so we could not get to the actual starting point of the hike. We ended up walking the 2 miles in to the starting point but the peak was still a long ways off. However, there was a small lake nearby that had a trail leading to it and was a nice spot for lunch.

on Subway Cave Trail
3 months ago

hiking

Easy hike with a lot of well maintained graphic information along the way. Bring flashlights and warm clothes! Kids loved it.

on Subway Cave Trail
6 months ago

GPS was off a little. Keep your eye out for cave campground its directly across. Don't forget your flashlight! We went in Feb was amazing to see all the ice and snow:)

on Subway Cave Trail
10 months ago

Good for kids, BRING a flashlight! Our 3 year old son loves it. Ground is really bumpy so hold hands, it's a great experience!

on Subway Cave Trail
10 months ago

hiking

Short hike through a naturally formed tunnel created by ancient lava flow. We didn't have time to travel to Lava Beds, so I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this spot just off the main highway between Lassen Volcanic NP and Mount Shasta. Be sure to bring decent walking shoes, flashlight and light jacket. There are no lights inside except for a handful of informational markers throughout the tunnel, which explain where you are and what you are seeing. Depending upon your pace the hike should only take 30 min - 1 hour

on Eagle Lake Recreation Tra...
10 months ago

trail running

Run this trail every morning from the fire station. Easy incline and declines. Entire trail is paved from the marina to Christie campground.

on Triangle, Twin, and Turna...
11 months ago

camping

My son and some family friends took the trail from Caribou lake to Turnaround lake. For what will become an annual Father's Day trip. It was an amazing hike, quite a few fallen trees to climb over and in some cases under, which added to our time. There is one really good uphill push as well. The weather was perfect the lake was ice cold but was refreshing after the hike in. The highlight of the trip was watching Bald Eagles fish the lake. The one and only major drawback were the MOSQUITOS, they were relentless. They are the only reason for the 4 out of 5 rating. I mean Bald Eagles diving for fish, come on you just don't see that everyday.

on Lower Deer Creek Falls Tr...
1 year ago

actually Kelly, the directions are correct. the dirt road (transfer) takes you down to below the falls about four miles. which in turn makes for in my opinion a moderate hike. you also can pick this trail up down in the ishi wilderness area. the way you must of went in is the short cut. as for the falls? you must of visited before the salmon were running up. which... I'd recommend a return if you truly want to see what its all about. good luck!

on Lower Deer Creek Falls Tr...
1 year ago

This was a fun hike, not to hard but not to easy either. completed with a friend, loved the salmon ladder, water was cold! I think it is a better hike/falls than the credit it's given. be sure to walk out on the big rock above the falls, the view is worth it and hit upper deer creek non the way out. short jaunt from the road and pretty.

on Peligreen Jeepway Loop & ...
1 year ago

camping

probably the best 4x4 trail around here. lots of obstacles for different levels of driving.

on Ridge World - Keddie Ridg...
1 year ago

hiking

My Husband and I hiked the Ridge on Superbowl Sunday. For such a mild winter there was quite a bit of snow on the trail. It took us about 3 hours to reach the peak. Beautiful views of the valleys and surrounding mountains. We hit the peak at 3 p.m and found the weather to be warm with just a little wind. We were able to see Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows Reservoir in Westwood clearly along with the town of Greenville. The downside of the hike was finding empty beer/soda cans and spent gunshot casings left from previous visitors. We are firm believers of "leave no trace" . I consider myself a novice hiker and found the climb to the peak easy to achieve. The road/trail was all uphill but not to daunting. We didn't need to use our walking sticks.

on Pacific Crest Trail: High...
1 year ago

hiking

Interesting forestry demonstration plot at the Hwy 36 trailhead. A couple of miles north (about 1/8 mile before crossing 28N83) the trail intersects remnants of the 1870s era Dutch Hill Ditch. You can save about 4 miles of hiking and 600 ft of climb by starting your trek at Stover Spring Campground, a primitive site at N 40 deg 17.07 min, W 121 deg 20.66 min; it can be reached by a logging road that starts from Hwy 36. Domingo Spring itself is about 1/2 mile east of the north trailhead; there is also a campground and picnic area at that site, along with fresh, cold water from the spring at a convenient faucet.

on Lower Deer Creek Falls Trail
2 years ago

hiking

Vastly overrated and disappointing.

on Hay Meadow to Long Lake
2 years ago

camping

This was our third backpacking trip to Long Lake in the Caribou Wilderness. It is a secluded lake at about 7,000'. A 4-mile hike with moderate grades from the trailhead; plenty of small lakes with great camp sites ... but sadly no fish ;-)

on Burney Mountain Trail
2 years ago

off road driving

This trail is a US Forest Service Road that is in good repair (visited during June). There are several different destinations listed on the first sign when entering from highway 89 - Burney Springs and Burney Mountain Lookout included. Burney Springs is about 11 miles in from the highway sign. There are several turns, and unfortunately, idiots have destroyed most of the Forest Service signs that mark the way. We were able to find pieces of the signs, and determine the direction. If you have a map, follow Forest Service Road 26.

Burney Springs is a little pipe poking out of the ground, supplying a small meadow with moisture for greenery. Nice stop to stretch and have a snack.

You can continue following the dirt roads for quite a while. I believe we tracked over 55 miles on dirt all together. We went as west as we could before we hit pavement close to Whitmore. Most of the roads have been scraped recently for logging, but there are some fun extra curricular spurs for a little 4 wheeling fun. Most of the roads did not require 4WD, high clearance helpful.

on Caribou Wilderness Area T...
2 years ago

hiking

Pine forest with numerous lakes. Pros: easy terrain, abundant lakes with nice campsites, very lightly used. Cons: ungodly numbers of mosquitoes, especially in the southern areas (I was there in June), so-so views. All-in-all a good place for easy day hikes or overnight backpacking. Wonderful if you like solitude. But bring bug spray and a head net!!