• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

Hiking Manzanita Lake Trail

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Start: Manzanita Lake Picnic Area
Round Trip Distance: 1.5 miles
Round Trip Time: 1-2 hours
Elevation: 5,890 ft
Elevation Change: Negligible
Map: Download a Trail Map

 
This easy trail winds gently around Manzanita Lake and is an ideal choice for families or others unable to hike on difficult terrain. Well shaded by looming Jeffrey pines and bordered by lush willows, this trail offers a welcomed respite from the heat of the day. As the trail wanders along the shoreline numerous openings offer hikers an opportunity to spot ducks, geese and the occasional muskrat and beaver. The surrounding forest also offers birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts opportunities to catch glimpses of woodpeckers and deer. The trail is perhaps best known for its spectacular views of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags which are best viewed in the morning.




The trail circles the lake and may be picked up at any point including a spur trail from Loomis Museum and the Manzanita Lake picnic area.




Please note that pets (with the exception of guide dogs) are not permitted on trails, boardwalks, in the backcountry, or in any body of water.

Did You Know?

closeup of white flowers of smelowskia flower

The Lassen Smelowskia flower only grows within Lassen Volcanic National Park, with the largest population on Lassen Peak, and is considered a Threatened and Endangered Species.