Manzanita Lake Loop is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Old Station, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 45 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

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
18 minutes ago

A very leisurely walk around the lake. Fish were jumping and the views of the mountain are stunning. Good family walk

hiking
7 days ago

More of a walk/stroll than a hike, and I would not go out of my way to come here just for sight-seeing UNLESS I was going to snorkel in the lake . . .

hiking
6 months ago

We did this hike on Veteran’s Day 2019 in honor of our friends who have passed and served our country. Weather was great and views amazing !

hiking
6 months ago

Easy, relaxing walk. Would recommend doing it maybe an hour or so before sunset. Very beautiful and peaceful, the only soul in sight was one lone fisherman out on the lake. Plenty of quiet to enjoy the birds and the incredible view of the mountains reflected in the water.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy stroll with great views of Mt Lassen and Chaos Crags. Not sure I would go out of my way to come here, but definitely worth it if you're staying in the Manzanita Lake campground.

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect little walk in the woods around a serene peaceful lake. Watch people fishing. Fun little leg stretch after filling up at nearby gas station.

hiking
8 months ago

Super easy walk around the lake but really stunning views and great photo opportunities.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy loop; took us about 40 minutes. Great lake for some kayaking and views of the surrounding peaks.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome easy hike with great views of Mountain

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely view of calm picturesque lack. Visitors center, restrooms, Loomis Museum, film, displays and stamp for NP Passport. Campsites also present. Well worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy hike with a few spots for good views.

hiking
9 months ago

easy walk with some nice shade along the way. We went counter-clockwise.

10 months ago

After hiking all day at Lassen this was a nice relaxing way to finish the day. With a nice peaceful walk with a real nice view of the lake with Lassen Peak in the background, where I had summited early morning. Maybe see a deer and fawn feeding in the quite evening, perfect way to finish the day. I'll do it again in the evening next time I'm there.

hiking
10 months ago

Short and sweet, but the views of the mountains and the lake are amazing! Don’t expect to be alone but it wasn’t intrusive mid week in July 2019. Counterclockwise is the way to go.

hiking
10 months ago

Just delightful. Easy trail for all skill levels. Lots of breathtaking views and up close flora and fauna, shaded and cool and fun for kids to climb fallen trees. A built in rest at Loomis museum with water and bathrooms. Then following the creek back has some water play options.

hiking
10 months ago

Good easy hike/walk for what it is worth. Not challenging but beautiful for being something so close to the visitor center. Totally worth it if you are in the area.

hiking
10 months ago

I’m not much for lake loops. But this one was enjoyable. Flat terrain. A nice walk. Hardly a hike though.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice loop around the lake, however a little to congested for our liking. Would recommend for the family with small children or those that want an easy flat trail with pretty views of the lake, geese, ducks, wildlife and people.

hiking
10 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone. Easy walking with beautiful views!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike. Lots of shade. Fantastic views of Lassen Peak. Saw a deer with her 2 fawns.

hiking
11 months ago

A nice easy walk around the lake with beautiful view of Mt Lassen. We took our backpack chairs and fished on the banks of the lake. We didn’t catch anything but it was enjoyable just sitting by the water.

hiking
Tue Apr 30 2019

Did this hike on 4/27/19..the majority of it snow free. I would call this more of a walk in the woods than a hike..so it’s great for kids and families. Good views of Lassen Peak.

snowshoeing
Wed Feb 20 2019

An easy snow shoe adventure around the perimeter of Manzanita Lake. Minimal elevation change, usually a few different paralleling trails that run along the edge of the lake/through the woods around the lake. Good intro to snow shoe.

snowshoeing
Thu Jan 03 2019

Snowshoed this trail today. Since it has been several days since the last snowfall, there were patches of melted snow. It was very scenic for most part but almost lost at last quarter of the trail. Since the lake is frozen, we couldn't tell where the trail is that we had to make a detour just to make sure we are avoiding the frozen water. We ended up at the campground parking but we somehow was able to get back on the trail.

snowshoeing
Fri Dec 07 2018

Did the loop on snowshoes the other day. Nice on snowshoes too.

Tue Nov 13 2018

Great easy hike four our family. We have four kids ranging from age 11 years old to five months old. Everybody loved it. Trail walks right along the side of the lake. Beautiful views of lake and mt lassen

hiking
Fri Oct 26 2018

Nice, but no dogs.

hiking
Wed Sep 19 2018

Very scenic, easy short trail, nice view of Lassen. We arrived at Manzanita campground around 3 and did not have much time to go far so we decided to stroll around the lake. I am glad we did. The lake was very beautiful. I could take some nice photos of Lassen front the lake.

hiking
Sun Sep 09 2018

Great hike! Like every trail in LVNP this one was beautiful. Easy hike around the lake. The trail is easy to follow and lots of places to sit and have a snack while enjoying the views! One part does get close to the road coming into the park but don’t let that stop you. Hiked Thursday 9/6/18

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