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We hike the trails of Lassen National Park and Caribou Wilderness.  Our maps are free to you, the hiker.


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Manzanita Creek up-and-back

season:  July-Oct (snow Nov-June)

length:  7.4 miles

elevation gain:  1250'

elevation range:  5800-7200'

rules: Lassen National Park

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This hike ascends from open, dry pine forest up to a wet meadow below majestic peaks.

It is odd in that there is no parking at the trailhead (park at the store, and walk up the campground road), unless you have a campsite.  And at the upper end the trail abruptly ends at a small meadow, with no good place for a picnic lunch.

The first half of the way up is unremarkable, but the second half makes up for that.  You may find it to be the best hike in the Manzanita Lake area.

The Park Service has completed environmental review to extend this trail up to Vulcans Castle (1400' additional gain, and maybe 3 more miles), and on to the Lassen Peak parking lot.  See the Lassen Peak map.  Our government often makes plans, and doesn't follow through on them.  We'll see.