Explore the most popular camping trails near Old Station with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 hours ago

An awesome hike. Makes the legs burn. I started a little after 8am. Only a few other folks on the trail. On the way down around 10am there were lots of people coming up. It's a narrow trail. Windy. Great views.

This was the first mountain that I have ever climbed and it was so cool sitting at the summit it felt like we were on top the world. It’s rated hard but I’m 65 years old and I made it so if you’re in decent shape climb and enjoy the view at the top.

hiking
2 days ago

So glad I can cross my first mountain peak trail off my bucket list. I wasn’t the fastest but I did get to the top. Sunshine and wind made for a cool start, but soon warmed up. I took plenty of rest breaks on the way up. Beautiful views and the trail was busy today as it was National Park Day. The last bit was the most challenging as the boulders were a bit more challenging with many ways to the top. Go prepared for a hike with some good shoes, appropriate clothing, some water and a snack so you can enjoy your day!

2 days ago

Did this hike yesterday and it was a decent challenge. Great views all the way and especially at the summit. The entire park is beautiful.

hiking
5 days ago

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
5 days ago

When I did this hike on 9/15, it started out nice weather then quickly changed to super windy and snow at the top. I read that the weather can be unpredictable and afternoon showers were common so we started around 10 figured we can get to the top by noon. I started seeing the dark cloud coming toward us and by the time we got to the top it started snow. Adding to the strong wind, the snow made us very chilled. I saw many people not wearing gloves and I was glad I was prepared for a cold weather. It turned out the snow was temporary and after 15 minutes blue sky came out, revealing the surrounding scenic views. The wind was still strong though and made difficult to stay on the top enjoying the views. This hike itself was not a physically demanding but the weather element made us miserable. The view of Mt Shasta was very nice.

super windy and not necessarily fun since the hike is pretty much dry and rocky the entire time. nice to know you climbed the highest mountain in the park though!

Hard. Extremely windy. Breathtaking!

hiking
9 days ago

This is an excellent hike. The trail is masterfully constructed. This is a great hike to experience some higher elevation. For more information please watch my video at youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLfZDe6QPf0&t=15s

hiking
14 days ago

Its a great hike to mark off your bucket list if you're an avid hiker. It can be overwhelming for a beginner. It climbs 2000' in just over 2 miles but there are very little stair climbing which makes it easier on your lungs in the high elevation. Mostly in the sun so prepare well, no water source so carry enough. Many don't complete the summit, I suggest not sitting down till you do because I watch many reach the false summit and decide it's good enough cuz it's tough to get back up and move. The last bit is a scramble on steep loose rocky unmarked, choose your own path and don't feel bad if you need to sit a little coming down if you need to if it means summiting. Make sure you photo at the USGS survey marker so you know you've summited. Enjoy the views and then come down into shade to enjoy the views and lunch and watching the proud accomplishers making it to the top! And by the way, don't give a bad star review because of the smoke, it's not the trails fault for something sadly happening miles away, you can still get the amazing feeling you set out for.

14 days ago

beautiful for a waterless hike in the park.
mostly uphill, tons of switchbacks, tested my fear of heights like no other, got a bit windy once we neared the peak.

the feeling of accomplishment is worth it alone, I mean you’re on top of a mountain! but the 360 views are second to none.
very well maintained, sunblock is a must.

hiking
15 days ago

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

Did this as a 3 day 2 night backpacking trek. Beautiful area with very diverse ecosystems. Even on a holiday weekend it wasn't crowded at all. The twin lakes were a bit more populated though. The ~8 miles from snag lake to cindercone to rainbow lake is largely loose sand, which is a huge bummer for hiking in general, but in particular with a back country pack. Also pretty exposed for that stretch. The rest of the trail has good shade. Saw a juvenile black bear, maybe 200 lbs about 3 miles from snag lake. It saw us and was not interested, which is great. Overall, definitely worth doing, it is a wonderful park.

20 days ago

Really cool trail with millions of butterflies. Completed during June 2018. Steep, and lots of switchbacks but cool near the top. You can see Shasta from the top

just did this as a great 3 day backpacking trip! beware the assent to rainbow lake from the cinder cone is super hot this time of year with very little shade. we wished we'd gotten more water at snag.

Took my two 7 year olds around the lake while my wife and other kids hung out at the picnic area. Lots of shade, an easy walk for the boys. Ducks, geese, deer, squirrels, as well as many other birds along the way. Great for a leisurely stroll! We went July 2018.

This is a enjoyable walk around the lake. Lots of shade and the kids can toss stones in the lake and enjoy the birds and ground squirrels. Even more fun is to bring a small floaty and laze around on the lake. They rent them there too. Gets cold after October.

hiking
22 days ago

It took us under 4 hours round trip even with a very slow pace going up. Budget for 2.5hrs to get to the top for the sunrise spectacle! It was quite exotic to have the trail lit by all the stars (and I guess headlamps, too). Overall, the hike was quiet and the trail very well maintained. Given that the trail is very exposed, I would strongly suggest doing it first thing in the morning (if not for sunrise!) or in the evening.

Very diverse terrain. Beautiful trail. It has gradual incline the whole way up to the lake and very easy hike down.

Loved this hike. Very flat and great views of this pristine lake

hiking
28 days ago

Did the hike anti-clockwise as I did not plan to do this trail when I set off but decided to try it instead of doing an out and back hike to Lower Twin Lake. Found the burnt areas around Cluster lake quite eerie and didn't really enjoy that section of the hike. A little bit of ascent but overall pretty steady going.

on Lassen Peak

28 days ago

Interesting views from the top with the smoke from the fires. Pretty clear to the east and nothing both and west.

29 days ago

My first experience hiking here was for a full moon hike several years ago. I recently hiked here again in early August and while I recommend it, it’s the 2nd time I’ve gotten sick after this hike. I’m not certain if it’s the altitude change or inadequate hydration so be aware. I left at 7am and it was chilly, cold at the top due to winds, and hot on the descent so layers are important. The winds on the ascent can be incredibly strong and gusty so use caution. Water and sunscreen are a must. The last bit to the peak took walking through snow and it was fine. The butterflies are quite a spectacle; amazing to see so many swirling around. Minimal to heavy foot traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views even with smoke. Would recommend poles and plenty water.

This place has been added as one of my favorite hikes, it is so secluded and breathtaking. To see this Lake was amazing and hearing the water boil and seeing steam come from the water blew my mind! Water temperature is about 125 degrees. Totally worth checking out, so much beauty to see and it isn’t a very popular spot which is so surprising but I guess that’s a good thing:)

The return trip is a doozy with much of the elevation gain in that portion. (Especially in the switchbacks coming up from the campground.) But the views are outstanding and you get to see several different natural habitats of rocky cliffs up high, highland grasses and fields, wooded hillsides, geothermal springs, and low lying marshes in the valley.

backpacking
1 month ago

this is a really easy day hike, but my friend and I went backpacking and spent the night near one of the lakes.
It was great that we decided to do this loop clockwise, so we hardly had any uphill climbs except for the first mile or so. after the first lake though, there's hardly any shade for the next 3-4 miles because of the fires a few years ago. it was still cool and breezy, even though the sun was beating down on us hard.
lower twin lakes was my favorite view, but we decided go a bit further and camped at upper twin lakes. we had to look for a bit to find a flat enough area to pitch the tent at, but it was good. we also heard a bear stomping around our tent at night, but he didn't bother us at all. apparently, it's very common there, especially at the upper twin lakes. so, as long as you're prepared, it's all good.
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it was my friend's first ever backpacking trip and she slayed it. it was a great experience. highly recommended for beginners

backpacking
1 month ago

Excellent trail. We did it clockwise. The first 5-6 miles are very desolate from forest fire years ago. After Feather Lake forest is plentiful. We ended up pushing to Upper Twin Lake to camp on the East side where is was relatively flat. Lakes are shallow and great to swim in. Moderate ups and downs. Many deer but not much else for wildlife although we heard of bears a few miles away.
Moderate elevation at 6500-7000ft most of the time. Easy to get to trail head at summit lake. About 1 hour east of Redding.

1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Continual uphill but manageable. Use restroom at trailhead and carry water. Hundreds of thousands butterflies, awesome Visited early on a Monday and crowds were thin. I’d have to recommend Trekking poles. Even under smoky conditions views were good.

1 month ago

Perfect for the hot summer months.

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