Lake Almanor Recreation Trail
ElevationAscent: 303' 92 m
Descent: -353' -108 m
High: 4,682' 1,427 m
Low: 4,509' 1,374 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
Popular hikes nearby
Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail
26.3 mi 42.4 km • Point to Point • 295 ft Ascent 89.82 m Ascent
South Side Trail
14.7 mi 23.6 km • Point to Point • 944 ft Ascent 287.63 m Ascent
Eagle Lake South Shore
9.2 mi 14.9 km • Out and Back • 91 ft Ascent 27.6 m Ascent
“This is one of the most scenic and peaceful pathways one can experience!”— joel rathje
Features Lake · Swimming · Views
Spectacular views of Lake Almanor, Dyer Mountain and Lassen Volcanic National Park can be found year round along the entire route. This trail follows the contours of the west side of Lake Almanor.
Opportunities abound for summer fun at Lake Almanor. Several good spots for shore fishing can be found along the mail and nearby resorts have boats for rent if you would like to try deeper waters. Many of the beaches and coves are excellent swimming areas for young children (there are no lifeguards on duty). Some of the best wildlife viewing in the Lake Almanor basin can be found here.
Lake Almanor was created in 1914 as a hydroelectric facility by the Great Western Power Company. The name"Almanor" originated by combining the names of three sisters, Alice, Martha, and Elinore, daughters of Guy C. Earl, Vice President. The Great Western Power Company later became part of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E;) who developed Lake Almanor into a recreation area. The lake rests at an elevation of 4,500 feet, is thirteen miles long and six miles wide, and is approximately 90 feet deep at its deepest point (when the lake is full). The present dam was constructed in 1926, 1927, stores 1,308,000 acre feet of water and covers over 28,000 acres of land.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: USFS - Lassen National Forest Office