Manzanita Lake Loop

EASY 58 reviews

Manzanita Lake Loop is a 1.9 mile moderately 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

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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.

21 days ago

Such and amazing view and close to my campground. The reflection off the lake of lassen peak was so beautiful! Manzanita campground was crowded but also has some awesome amenities and located in such a great spot! I loved this little loop you don’t even have to do the whole thing you could just walk around find the perfect view and chill! Also stayed around end of July 2017

21 days ago

Enjoyed the trail it is always calming to be around the waters edge.

hiking
21 days ago

Peaceful walk even if there was smoke in the air from a fire on the backside of Lassen. Maybe next time we might try kayaking.

hiking
29 days ago

The trail was easy and it had good views.

1 month ago

gorgeous

hiking
1 month ago

A gentle easy loop around this very pleasant lake. Great views of Mount Lassen that reflect on the surface of the water. Ducks and fish and deers in abundance.

1 month ago

Easy and beautiful

2 months ago

I had an outstanding time at Lassen. There were only a handful of people in the park it seemed all morning. So peaceful! I decided to take a lap around the lake and get some shots after I finished Mill Creek

hiking
2 months ago

Tons of bugs on this easy hike around the lake but you right by water so it’s to be expected. Definitely make sure you were bug deterrent before going. Lake was peaceful and beautiful with ducks floating all over and some people fishing of the side and on the lake. Super easy hike. More for picture moments than anything. Lassen Peak was right behind still with smoke on its peak and looked beautiful reflecting off the water.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with amazing views of snowy mountain

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy hike with some amazing views of Chaos Crag and Lassen Peak!!

2 months ago

2018/05/27

hiking
3 months ago

We visited Lassen on a beautiful clear day and walked down to Manzanita Lake from the Visitor Center. The views of Lassen Peak are spectacular from the lake, it's quiet and you can hear fish jump out of the water. There were fisherman and campers enjoying the cool breeze off the water on an otherwise pretty hot day. The hike around the lake is easy and maybe a three, but adding the views, it's a four.

walking
10 months 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!

11 months ago

The view is as good as it gets

walking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great hike around sunset.

Monday, July 31, 2017

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
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great walk for families with kids

walking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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
Friday, July 07, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Easy small hikr with great views

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Very nice and easy trail. We did this trail after setting up camp in the nearby campground within Lassen Volcanic National Park. It was nice to stretch our legs and get beautiful views of Lassen Peak reflecting in the lakes. The trail is mostly shaded and has no noticeable elevation change. If it is not busy with other hikers, you will definitely encounter chipmunks and birds.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Loved all the Chipmunk action and the beautiful scenery!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Not sure why it's listed just as a snowshoe. It's a beautiful walk around a lake with gorgeous views.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Also good for regular hiking when the snow melts. We did the entire loop and only had to hike through the snow twice. It had fantastic panoramic views of Lassen peak and others. Fisherman added character to our photos.

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2 months ago

recorded Manzanita Lake Loop

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