Explore the most popular trail running 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.

7 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.

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.

Awesome. A hidden gem!

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

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.

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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.

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


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Forest Service maintained cinder road. Open anytime to any vehicle except by too much snow.