Manzanita Lake Loop

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Manzanita Lake Loop is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Old Station, California that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
65 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Picturesque Lassen peaks are reflected by the tranquil waters of Manzanita Lake on this short 2 mile loop trail. On a clear day the short and easy 2 mile loop hike around sparkling Manzanita Lake is the perfect introduction to Lassen Volcanic National Park, showcasing as it does some the best features of the park - including the glacier strewn Lassen Peak and the young Chaos Crags massif. In fact it was an enormous rockfall collapse of Chaos Crags which cut off a local creek and created this lake - be sure to check out our Chaos Crags guide for a tour of the rockfall known as Chaos Jumbles. This spot is favored not only by hikers and photographers but also fishing enthusiasts in search of rainbow, brown and brook trout. Thankfully the lake is limited to non-motorized boats, keeping the lakeside relatively quiet. Kayaks can be rented near the boat launch area - check the nearby campground store for details. Situated by the northern entrance of the park, the lake is conveniently located by the historic visitor center and the large Manzanita Creek campground. Noise from the park road does infiltrate the peace of the lake somewhat, but its the price you pay for the convenience.

walking
29 days ago

Great walking trail around the lake, and convenient to the Campgrounds. Wonderful views of Lassen Peak, and the trail has places you can sit and enjoy the view. Good for all ages, and lots of shade!

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1 month ago

The view is as good as it gets

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2 months ago

Great hike around sunset.

2 months ago

Beautiful views of the mountain and lots of wildlife. The trail was simple enough for our toddler with enough beautiful view for us to feel completely satisfied. Lots of little snakes, chipmunks, and ducks/geese.

walking
2 months ago

Great walk for families with kids

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walking
3 months ago

Beautiful, easy walk near the northern visitor's center. We went during sunset and the views and reflection of the mountains on the lake were stunning!

walking
3 months ago

We had a blast!! My girls are 3 & 5, neither had trouble keeping up. We even brought the wagon. So pretty!!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy small hikr with great views

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