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Great trail, well marked. The falls are wonderful.

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.

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
22 days 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
1 month 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...

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail to the falls. We went on 7/4/18 and he flowers were still in bloom. 4 miles, 1:52 minutes in and back.

My first visit to Lassen. I chose this hike so that I'd have time to explore the rest of the park as well. So glad I did! Beautiful all the way up to the meadow, lots of wildflowers (early July), waterfalls, butterflies & dragonflies, too.

Hiked this trail backwards (started with Sifford Lakes) this last weekend and it was AWESOME! We hiked up around all the little lakes and found ourselves completely alone. Once you get closer to the falls there are definitely more people but it was still fantastic and I 10/10 recommend.

We stopped here on our way to the 3 lakes - it’s beautiful and there were waterfalls, streams and tons of greenery and wildflowers.

on Echo Lake Trail

1 month ago

Superbly maintained, clearly marked, easy trail with excellent footing and a gin- clear high mountain lake at the end. We (both retired & one Medicare eligible for many years) arrived there in less than an hour of walking, despite taking numerous photos of Mt Lassen along the way. Water is chilly but swimmable, as we chatted with two young women who were enjoying the activity on an otherwise hot day.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow, steep trail. This was only 1 mile one way and I thought it would be easy. So, did this right after climbing Brokeoff, so, this was a 9 mile day for us. Did it though and had a good time, but, it's a steep climb. There are parts where there's still snow on the ground and was slippery (I did this at 4PM in late June). There's also some rocks and pebbles close to the end of the trail and that was slippery. View of the lake is beautiful.

gotta love waterfalls !!!! easy downhill , good steady climb out lol .. good times

Beautiful meadow, creek full of water, very peaceful

hiking
1 month ago

It's really a moderate trail worth hiking. The majestic Mill Creek Falls await you at the end of the trail.

This was one of my favorite hikes while living in California. With that said, the crowds had clearly taken a toll, so I'm actually hoping the closure means it will be relatively inaccessible for a considerable time. This place needs time to heal.

The Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes is closed indefinitely. Locally we hear 2-5 years. While this is a bummer for everyone, please understand that Sykes and the backcountry of Big Sur deserves a much needed break. For years, Sykes got crushed. Damming, Trash, Fire, and Destruction were the norm. Im not an Environmentalist, Conservation No one should be in the Backcountry Purists. I am a local Big Sur resident who advocates for the backcountry, because she has no voice. The Volunteer Wilderness Rangers are out on patrol, and if necessary can call USFS to escalate. There are many other trails listed here on this site. You can get into the backcountry, but for a while, it cannot be through the Pine Ridge Trail. lovebigsur.com

Has anyone gone on this trail while closed??

Great steady hike .. hiked it with daughter and 2 grand babies (2 1/2 and 3 months )

Gorgeous views, nice variety, good workout

hiking
2 months ago

Short, but Steep hike and the altitude defiantly adds to the challenge. We hiked in Mid-June and still had snow to contend with. The lake was beautiful as it had not completely thawed.

i was going hike the Lassen Peak trail but I couldn't see the trailhead or trail in the dark this morning. i had no service either, so plan ahead.
Anyway this trail was great (and close by) Good mix of up and down (i started with 3 layers n ended up with a soaked t shirt). took a ton of pics. i didnt see a single person coming or going. First I've ever had a trail to myself

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