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Manzanita Lake Loop

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 3.9 (15)

This easy trail winds gently around Manzanita Lake and is an ideal trail for families.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Point to Point

5,904' 1,799 m

High

5,863' 1,787 m

Low

57' 17 m

Up

65' 20 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy to navigate route allows visitors of all ages to enjoy spectacular views.

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.

Description

This easy trail winds gently around Manzanita Lake and is an ideal choice for families or others unable to navigate over 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.

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Shared By:

Lassen Volcanic National Park

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  3.9 from 15 votes

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  3.9 from 15 votes
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Photos

Lassen Peak across Manzanita Lake
Jun 27, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
A couple enjoys a view of Lassen Peak from the southern shore of Manzanita Lake.
Apr 5, 2016 near Shingle…, CA
Mt. Lassen reflects into Manzanita Lake in the late-evening light.
Jun 29, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
Manzanita Lake mirrors Chaos Crags on the left, and Mt. Lassen on the right, on a warm summer evening.
Jun 29, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
Overlooking Chaos Crag (left) and Lassen Peak (right) at Manzanita Lake
May 30, 2018 near Shingle…, CA
A woman enjoys a snack along the southern portion of the Manzanita Lake Loop Trail. Chaos Crags (right) and Lassen Peak (left) rise above.
Apr 5, 2016 near Shingle…, CA

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Aug 14, 2022
Jodi K
First half very pretty, shady, breezy. Last half mostly in full sun and not quite as scenic. 1.7mi
Jun 29, 2022
Zachary Troyer
Jun 26, 2022
Karyn Cassello
May 28, 2022
Vianni Garcia
Mar 31, 2022
Mark Lee
2mi — 0h 59m
Jul 23, 2021
Karen L
Manzanita Lake Loop
May 30, 2021
Peace Keeper
Jul 20, 2020
Chrissie Osborne
Not my first time around this lake, but still one of my all time favorite strolls, the view is always stunning.