Lightning Lake Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mazama, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from January until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 675 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

Snowshoe or hiking around lightning lake. Easy trail, little elevation change. Rainbow bridge provides option to cut trail in half.

hiking
snow
11 days ago

Great little hike. Nothing too strenuous. Still snow in some places and a little flooded in others.

hiking
icy
snow
13 days ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Awesome snow shoe trail at this time of year. Short cuts across lake. Don’t try it 2 weeks from now though. Beautiful afternoon

snowshoeing
snow
2 months ago

Nice trail from Manning Lodge to Lightnig Lake trail. Snowshoe trail dissapears can follow cross country trail to the lake.

Easy snowshoeing trail with little elevation changes. Nice open areas with views looking up from the valley. Also good tree cover at times. Snow was compact and a bit icy. Lake gets blanketed in snow so check ice thickness and be cautious if crossing the lake

recorded Recording - Jan 18, 2:57 PM

hiking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Nice easy Sunday hike. No snowshoes needed Dec 14 2019.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Some small ups and downs. But still a super easy snowshoe hike. I couldn’t get over the beautiful scenery around me! It was a teeny bit icy in some spots, but the snow helped out a little. There were some cool whiskey jacks too. Highly recommend! I love Manning provincial park so much :)

hiking
muddy
off trail
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

lots of shade. picturesque beautiful lake with lots to do. the trail is well kept and easy to walk

hiking
10 months ago

Easy loop, good for families. Pleasant forest hike with lake and mountain views.

hiking
10 months ago

Found the infamous rainbow bridge. Could feel the hello of dogs of ours that "passed over". Was not as colorful as I thought it would be. But then again dogs do not see in color. 5 stars if fallen trees were cut so did not have to straddle over.

10 months ago

Easy, love it.

hiking
Sun May 26 2019

The trail is blocked because of a lot of fallen trees but the view is beautiful.

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Did this trail in September. Near the start we took a “trail” right along waters edge which was nothing but downed trees - having to scramble under/over the whole time didn’t make the view worth it - recommend staying along easy trail. We camped overnight , only one other camper, lots of loud animal noises throughout the night but the dog slept right through it all. No camping allowed along the lakes - instead you will be near a small stream.

Tue Sep 04 2018

Beautiful view and huge place to do things. Well maintained too.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Beautiful views, very easy and delightful walk. Good for kids

hiking
Mon Jul 30 2018

This was an easy hike, as stated. A few roots and a little minor incline with some rocky/ dusty/ pine-y terrain. Good to get into the trees and next to a lake on a very hot day. We did this trail with the West side first from the main parking lot, then looped back along the more treed East side of the lake. The first half was dusty, exposed, super busy with many dogs running off leash and lots of people, and a little disappointing to be frank. The second half however where you turn back towards the main parking lot was very nice: lots of trees, not busy, and good access to the lake and a couple lovely streams for a dip. If I were to do this again, I would definitely start around the East side, skip the entire West side and instead continue along past Lightning lakes and up towards Flash Lake etcetera to connect with SkyLine. Overall not bad but not my favourite!

hiking
Tue Jul 26 2016

Amazing hike with my family.

hiking
Sun Jun 12 2016

Nice, easy trail with some beautiful flora and fauna. Missing a lot of signage and had a fair bit of deadfall, but overall really good.

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2012

Spring hikes around the lakes can be snowy! This year it was about 4ft or more deep.... Cub Scouts loved the snowy hike! Makes a short distance hike a little more work and time involved....

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4 days ago

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13 days ago

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19 days ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

recorded Lightning Lake Loop

hiking
2 months ago

snowshoeing
3 months ago

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