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Cluster Lakes Trail

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Trail to several small gem-like lakes in the Lassen Volcanic National Park backcountry.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

97%

Runnable

6,559' 1,999 m

High

6,234' 1,900 m

Low

364' 111 m

Up

44' 13 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Features Lake · Wildflowers

Description

The Cluster Lakes Trail start shown here is found along the PCT and Nobles Emigrant Trail (East) at a well-marked trail junction. Cluster Lakes Trail begins at Badger Flats, a large meadow with seasonal streams running through it and a spring. Heading south from the PCT and Nobles Emigrant Trail (East). Cluster Lakes Trail runs through a regenerating burn area from the 2012 Reading Wildfire that came through here. Thus, this area is fairly open with all the burnt bare trunks sprinkled now with new growth and low ground cover.

Cluster Lakes Trail climbs gradually for its first 1.9 miles as it's travels through the silver trunks and new green growth. At the 1.95 mile mark the trail levels out and comes to the first of two small lakes. After running along the first lake's west side for 0.3 miles, the trail leaves the first lake and almost immediately comes to the second, larger lake. At the second lake the trail follows its west shoreline for 0.4 miles.

A very short ways after the second lake, Cluster Lakes Trail reaches a well marked trail junction with Bear Lakes Trail, where it ends. Taking Bear Lakes Trail in either direction leads to more small gem-like lakes.

Flora & Fauna

Regenerating fir forest from the 2012 Reading Wildfire. New growth and old burnt trunks and downed logs. Wildflowers.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Badger Flat is the lush meadow seen past the logs along Nobles Emigrant Trail (East) at its junction with Cluster Lakes Trail.
Jun 19, 2020 near Chester, CA

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