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This trail leads one and a half miles around the perimeter of Manzanita Lake. The trail begins from the boat launch/picnic area and leads north and south from the long parking area. Walking north from the parking lot the trail winds around the eastern shore of the lake. This first quarter mile of the trail nears and parallels Highway 89, which can be noisy on busy summer days.

Beyond this first portion of the trail all you'll notice is the amazing scenery, large trout and lovely wild flowers, in and around Manzanita Lake. There is no elevation gain along this route and fishing and swimming are very popular pursuits from its shores. The best time to find solitude along this route is during the morning or evening hours of summer and fall, or during the winter. Beginning cross-country skiers and snowshoers will enjoy this scenic route when there is enough snow in the area.

Directions: From Northwest Entrance, Travel southeast past the Loomis Museum and ranger station to the Manzanita Lake Campground entrance. Turn right into the campground and follow signs toward the boat launch/picnic area parking lot. Park in the lot and begin the hike from the northern or southern end of the parking area.

Elevation: 5,900 feet

Distance: 1.6 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

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Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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