Explore the most popular lake 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.

started at the Tamarack trailhead and was a nice easy trail, even in snow.

Easy, paved walk. The hike offers shade and beautiful views of Eagle lake.

Lovely paved nature walk along the lake. Well shaded and lake front aplenty. Our dogs loved it.

Awesome. A hidden gem!

The lake is in private property so you can't get to it.

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.

I've seen the same Bald Eagle in the same spot two years in a row. This is a nice ride along the lake.

This is a nice trail! Although it is longer than the 4.9 miles that is said above.

This trail can go to crescent mills if you want to extend your run. I went 3 miles there and 3 back. It was an easy paved road with some rolling hills and great views.

Thia is a trail great for a weekend hike also a great hike for beginners, nice view of Walker lake or Mountain Meadows Reservoir, (whatever you wish to call it) by Westwood

A very easy, relaxing trail that takes you along the west shore of Lake Almanor. We only walked on a short section of the trail, close to the Dyer Beach day access area. There's a nice parking lot there restroom. A big bonus was the public shoreline to hang out at and go swimming. It was a Saturday afternoon on a hot day, and there were only a few groups in the area.

road biking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

It is a beautiful, peaceful trail. From start to finish though I think it is a little more than 11 miles one way.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Road to trailhead is closed in winter approx. 13 miles from trailhead.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

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

Friday, September 23, 2016

The first lake you encounter is Homer Lake. It plays a role in local Maidu mythology, so the Forest Service blocked the access road according to tribal leaders request. From the road end at Homer the trail continues to Hidden and Deerheart Lakes. National Forest land. Open to camping and backpacking.

Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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.

trail running
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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

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.

Monday, February 02, 2015

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.

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!!

it is within a gated community, so if you are not staying or visiting someone there, don't bother going. also the woman at the guard shack mentioned mountain lions.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just did this hike with my wife last weekend for a quick overnight trip. Nice easy hike. The trails were all clear and in good condition. We came in from the Tamarack trail head.

Monday, September 24, 2012


road biking
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

An absolute gem for families, casual bikers and even wheelchairs. This is a user-maintained, paved trail through the forest along the west shore of Lake Almanor. A few climbs and descents but nothing severe. The surface may be littered with winter debris before volunteers clear the 10 mile trail in the late spring, usually before Memorial Day. Thereafter it's smooth sailing until the snow flies, at which point the route becomes a cross-country ski trail. Limited parking available at the following locations (WGS84):
- North trailhead ... N 40 13.67', W 121 12.45'
- Almanor Campground (boat ramp parking) ... N 40 13.29', W 121 10.71'
- Dyer View ... N 40 12.17', W 121 08.18'
- Rocky Point Campground area ... N 40 11.70', W 121 07.03'
- South trailhead (boat ramp & picnic grounds) ... N 40 10.75', W 121 05.71'

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