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Super easy walk thank goodness because my eyes were never on the trail. Breathtaking beauty.

Attempted to complete this trail but the PCT part of the loop is closed; had to cut the hike short. Not sure if the park always closes this every winter.

Also, be careful when descending during a cold winter day. We didn't realize that the paved path exposed to the mist coming from the falls is covered with black ice, until my husband slipped. Unfortunately, there were no signs indicating that the path might be icy (or did we miss it?). One wrong step, you'll end up falling to the rocky bottom.

Great trail.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked in September 2018. We were the first up the trail in the morning and saw lots of deer. Short and steep with lovely lakes at the end of the trail and glimpses of fumaroles through the trees.

Did a two-nighter out there a while back. Backpacked to one of the campsites a couple miles away from the hot springs and then hiked up to the springs the following day. Hot springs were nothing too impressive, but the hike up was really beautiful with just the right amount of elevation for a good workout.

We hiked in during an ice storm. It was still amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Two creeks come together and fall into the same pool. Then fall again the same distance. Not as close as I would like. Park closed the way down to get closer.

AMAZING views!!Short trip makes you work a little though with the uphill

Cool hike. Pretty easy.

The trail guide doesn’t do this one justice. The best part isn’t the destination—it’s the views and sounds on the way. My suggestion, take a picnic lunch and enjoy.

hiking
5 months ago

Did Hat Creek up to Paradise Meadow and then up to Terrace and Shadow Lakes, Have done the hike before, but turned my sons and my daughter's boyfriend on to it. Great hike, climbed 75 stories in 3.1 miles. Stunning vistas as you get past Paradise Meadow. I am 69 and kept up with my 29 year old sons, they let me rest on the way up! Shadow Lake will take your breath away, it is so beautiful. Next to Broke Off and Kings Creek , my favorite hike in the park and I have done 85% of the trails since 1974.

Great trail that is basically straight up to a beautiful little lake. Awesome for cardio or getting into zone 4 quickly. We did it with our 8yr old and 4yr old. The younger needed a few breaks but was really pumped when she finally made it! Footwear wise, I did it in Chacos and a lot of folks were in sneaks. If you're going to wear boots make sure they're broken in. Up and down is what breeds blisters with new boots.

Great trail that is basically straight up to a beautiful little lake. Awesome for cardio or getting into zone 4 quickly. Footwear wise, I did it in Chacos and a lot of folks were in sneaks. If you're going to wear boots make sure they're broken in. Up and down is what breeds blisters in New boots.

Great trail, well marked. The falls are wonderful.

Lots of incline but beautiful hike, the signs are confusing so I’d recommend using all trails map to make it through.

Came in late July 2018. I should have checked the Lassen NPS webcams for air quality/visibility because it was very smokey from the Carr fire and the views were non existent. The air quality site showed "good" conditions.

The road in was bumpy in the middle portion, but nothing my 2WD crossover couldn't handle. My fellow hikers had a Nissan Altima and they did fine. My GPS tried to make me take some sketchy forest roads. I just stayed on the paved road until it ended and veered right.

We paid our $25 fee at the iron Ranger across the road from the ranger station. There's a pit toilet behind he ranger station.

The trail itself was nice. I think its a 1300 foot climb up to the fire look out. I should have brought my hiking poles. Totally spaced on that item. Bring plenty of water and head protection. We visited Dave at the fire look out and he was very nice. He explained how he spots fires. Shortly after we arrived, more guests arrived, making the lookout very crowded.

We did the loop which was about 6 miles for us. The trail down the west side is pretty rocky. Those poles would have been handy and saved my legs. We stopped by the lake and cooled off our feet. Other than the crowded look out, we didn't encounter many hikers.

We'll have to come back when the views are better.

This was a nice moderate hike easily marked. Meadow was beautiful but lots of kids and people came at the end and took away from that. No worries tho. Also on the way back I split off and took the trail up to one of the lakes back there. Nice hike for sure.

How did we never know about this hidden gem before? Nicely marked trails which were shady and pleasant. It was beginning to get cool as we left. Not crowded at all and we found plenty of parking later in the day. Really enjoyed all the variations in terrain. Not much of a view but a peaceful and quiet spot to be out in nature.

Very nice elevation loop. Tiring on a hot summer day. Start as early as possible.

The falls are very pretty. Nice reward for the short hike. The hike itself is not the prettiest but not a bad little walk.

Fun hike with a cool late at the end. Hike is steep like everyone says but it's not terrible. The "lakes" are just one lake right now as the water is high and connects the two little lakes. We took a break and swam for an hour, great way to cool off. Right before the lake don't miss all the green grass where the stream comes right out of the ground and goes all the way down past the parking lot, very cool to see right where it starts, especially since you can see right where it comes out of the ground!

on Echo Lake Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike and amazing lake. It was definitely worth it to jump in.

Nice waterfall. Trail was in very good condition. My 3 year old walked to the falls herself then rode in the backpack up to bench lake which was barely a puddle and then on to Sifford lake and around the loop back to the trailhead. Sifford was a nice quiet lake. Didn't see anyone else up there. My son and I swam in the lake. The bottom was pretty mushy but it was refreshing once you got out deeper.

Nice hike, probably a 4 star hike in general but being able to go in the fire lookout and visit with the residents and learn about living up there easily made it a 5 star experience! My 8 and 3 year olds loved visiting the lookout and my 3 year old even begged for me to take her back up there later in the day!

Great hike, awesome view of Lake Juniper at the top!

The meadows near the top were amazing. Lots of open grass meadows with wildflowers. There was no water along the trail but plenty of shade until you reach the final .5 km climb.

The fire watch station was staffed with volunteers who were very friendly. You can see great views of Brokeoff Mountain, Lassen Peak, and Cinder cone from the firewatch station.

If you loop back down the side of the trail that goes along the lake, there is a ton of volcanic rocks along the entire descent. It isn't too difficult but it is a long, gradual descent full with lots of rocks on the trail.

The road into Mount Harkness is pretty rough if you are traveling in a car. it is really steep with a lot of rocks.

Be sure to take a dip in Lake Juniper after your hike! There is parking at the end of the road, and a small beach area near the parking lot. The water in Lake Juniper is so clean, such a beautiful lake!

Beautiful trail. Lots of ups and downs without much elevation change overall. Rest your feet in the cold creek at the top of the waterfall before heading back. We did the hike there and back with a 13 and 14 year old in about 2.5 hours. Bring lots of water. It is very dry out here.

Thoroughly enjoyable. The falls were spectacular.

hiking
6 months ago

The views on this hike were gorgeous...tons of blooming foliage and that sweet, woodsy scent of the mountain air. However, if you're out of shape, like me, stay away! There is one area of the hike where the trail is dusty and very steep downhill. Make sure you wear shoes with good traction, because I didn't and hurt myself badly. Nothing like hiking 45 mins back covered in blood & dirt! I'm determined to come back and conquer this trail.

This is a great little day hangout. The falls are so beautiful and you can hear and see them the moment you arrive. There’s an opportunity to “hike” around the falls. Very short, but worth the stroll. Multiple trails, including PCT, if you’re looking for something more lengthy/difficult. Very touristy, lots of people, but a must see!

Lovely trail, too bad it burned. Hope to go back soon to see how the forest is recovering. We camped at Barlow Flats and it was perfect...

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