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Magee Peak is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whitmore, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 2,516 ft Route type Out & Back
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This is the shortest route to Magee Peak and nearby Crater Peak in the Thousand Lake Wilderness on the Lassen National Forest. It is an easy-to-follow trail to Magee Peak, and slightly higher Crater Peak. The trail begins in a ponderosa pine forest, and continuously climbs to the peak through trees, and the brush zone. There is occasional blow down, but it is easy to get around these trees. This trail meets another trail climbing out of the crater. This trail is accessed from the Cypress or the Tamarack trailheads and passes through the lake portion of the wilderness.

The trailhead is the only facility. There is no restroom at this trailhead.

This trail is entirely in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness of Lassen National Forest. See the USFS/Lassen NF website for additional information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lassen/recreation/recarea/?recid=64877&actid=42

We did not encounter insects on this route in October. Fall and winter rains in the valleys will often produce snow at the crater rim and this trail will become more difficult.

The Magee Peak trailhead is accessible from CA44 near Old Station, CA. Turn west onto Forest Route 16 (32N16) and drive approximately 10 miles. Turn right to the trailhead, a little more than a mile from the main road. The trailhead is just a turnaround with no facilities.

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Sophia Harvin
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Very pretty especially when you get to the top. Definitely a lot of uphill. Not a starter trail if you’re new to hiking but worth a shot if you want a good workout!

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Jeff Stuivenberg
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That was quite a climb to the top! Beautiful views of Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta. Had to climb over a dozen trees on the way up but definitely worth while! Had a few small patches of snow near the top.

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Jeff Stuivenberg
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HikingRockySnow

Quite the hike to the top! Beautiful views of Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta. Had to climb over a dozen trees on the trail and a few small patches of snow near the top. Great hike and my goal for this hiking year!

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Jonathan Munns
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A moderately steep ascent from start to finish. Nice views of Lassen and Shasta. Trail has a fair number of trees that have fallen. Not much shade on top 1/2 of the hike.

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David Johnson
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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.

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Audrie Robinson
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Greg Decker
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Victor Kuznetsov
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Jessica Ballinger
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Catherine Harris
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Erika Puckett
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Erika Puckett
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Marshall Elliott
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Erika Puckett
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