Explore the most popular forest trails in Lassen National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We came at it from 36 instead of the normal route. A little long for a day hike but we camped up on Mt Butt and then back out to 36. The GPS on this app helped a ton to find the trailhead. The midway marker is cool to see and there is camping before the summit but off the main PCT. Very beautiful and very clear the day we went.

Fantastic trail. A long route to get there on rough unpaved road. Lots of lakes! Gorgeous.

The 12 mile loop does not seem to exist. I have been out twice in the last 5 weeks and the trail intersection at Gem Lake and Caribou Lake does not follow the map. It ends up to be a 15 mile hike that is still a loop but takes you much further out. It is a great hike but be prepared to be walking a bit further than planned.

off road driving
1 month ago

Along for the ride this easy ride was an enjoyable one to the look out tower where The ranger was very welcoming and informative. If you want a nice ride this is one to do with family.

Fairly crowded for the 4th of July weekend but still enjoyable. We have visited this lake many times as a family and after our relocation to Idaho will miss it very, very much.

Excellent 360 degree views of Lake Almanor and Lassen National Park. A bit rocky at the top, but well worth the effort.

Took a boy scout troop hiking down to the falls. It's a pretty short hike, but the trail keeps going downstream for quite a ways. We followed it for another mile past the falls before turning back. The creek was roaring with all the rain and snow this month -- a great time to see the falls.

the trail was really beautiful. Just like the other reviews, youll see the yellow and brown trail marker across the road from the parking area, close to the bridge. the trail is sketchy in some areas as there was loose gravel and rock, but an overall beautiful hike near the creek. There is a lot to see going along. I was a little disappointed at the end at the falls, there is a fish ladder to gelp the salmon up the stream. A bit of an eye sore, but the falls were beautiful. No real trail marker at the end of the hike except a bench.

Beautiful and well-maintained right now. Took 4 humans and 5 dogs. Had a blast. Bring a picnic.

Nice fall hike.

10 months ago

We climbed the trail on a sunny and breezy day in late October. There were vestiges of snow from the first snow of the winter season a few days earlier. The trailhead is easy to access even with a highway vehicle, although the road is almost entirely gravel. The trail itself is continuously uphill and becomes steeper as one nears the rim of the crater. It is not difficult, although there is occasional blowdown. There are good views of the Sacramento River valley and the mountains to the west, as well as Lassen Peak about 16 miles to the SSE, especially as one enters the brush zone. Gray Cliff, adjacent to Magee Peak, is steep but not vertical. From the peak, one can see Mt. Shasta and other mountains in the vicinity, although nearby Burney Mountain is obscured by Crater Peak. The latter can be reached by traveling along the rim.

Easy Trail to drive, hike or bike. Very scenic. The view from the lookout are amazing.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Awesome. A hidden gem!

Beautiful area. I appeared to be the only hiker out in the wilderness. Lots of dead and down across the trail. hopped over most, but had to crawl or navigate around others.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great trail! Will definitely bring the family back for some hiking and swimming later in the summer as the water is ice cold right now. Some other reviewers wrote that the trail wasn't passable due to downed trees. It is important to ensure you are on the right trail. The trailhead is actually across the highway from the parking area, next to the bridge. It is marked, but you can't easily see the sign from the parking area. If you take the trail next to the blank wooden sign in the parking area, it is indeed impassable with downed trees. Happy hiking!

The GPS leads you directly to a parking area near a bridge. There is a trail head just on the other side of this bridge. We were with a big group and the trail we found had lots of down limbs and was not ideal for families. Several miles up highway 32 there is a deer creek falls sign. Not sure if that is a different trail or not. But that is several miles from where these directions lead you.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Trail was easy to follow and well groomed with nice views of the creek. The creek was very full and water was flowing quickly downstream. It was a great hike with our two dogs!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Only saw one other person all weekend. Beautiful lakes, nice camp sites.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

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!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Vastly overrated and disappointing.

Monday, June 09, 2014

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!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

It was 107 in Redding but a nice high 80s at Lake Eiler. We backpacked in to Lake Eiler took around 3 hours slow and steady climb from trail head to Lake Eiler (only difficult because of altitude adjustment and being out of shape). Nice camp sites around Lake Eiler and we had successful fly fishing many strikes and 6 caught we kept 3 the first night for dinner and caught and released the rest the next afternoon. They liked black flies the best, had to be floating. The trout would strike right up to the edge of the lake so it didn't require record breaking casts to reach them.

We made a base camp at Lake Eiler and did some extended day hikes to Lake Barrett and exploring the other ponds/small lakes. Remote and quiet, over 3 days we saw 4 people and 1 dog. Deer, lots of birds, a few evening bats, and one of the people we met (he was doing the loop as a day hike) had sited a bear after the first mile from the trail head but we didn't see any bears and kept all food in a bear canister just in case. Mosquitoes and flies were heavy at times, 'deep woods off' was our best accessory on the trip.

There are camping sites at Lake Barrett also. The trail around the North side of Lake Eiler was impassable because of rock slides. Trail blazing to Box Lake is possible, there are a lot of downed trees/logs (one fell near our campsite while we were there).

9 mile dirt road may require some shoveling to allow a standard car to pass. We got there in a Mustang wasn't too difficult. The first 1/2 mile off the highway steep climb, if you make that there are a couple of washouts where we had to get out and fill in some ruts that were going to bottom us out but didn't take more than 10 minutes at each washout to make the adjustments. The road to the trail head was well marked including a sign on the highway labelled Tamarack Trail head

Monday, September 17, 2012

First of all, the directions given on this site are wrong and misleading. We ended up getting lost and waisting a lot of time trying to find the trailhead. The trailhead is actually right off of highway 32 near the bridge. The site says to turn on a dirt road and follow it for a while... The hike is pretty short and the "waterfall" is not really a waterfall, just water falling about 10 feet. It's a nice hike to take to get a break from driving but not something to fill your day with.

off road driving
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Awesome views great employee at the lookout showed us multiple fires and such well worth it!

off road driving
Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fantastic views. Friendly employee at the lookout. Easy graveled road.

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