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Reflection Lake Trail

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A short, shoreline trail.


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

100%

Runnable

5,904' 1,800 m

High

5,891' 1,796 m

Low

10' 3 m

Up

13' 4 m

Down

1%

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2%

Max Grade (1°)

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Features Lake · Views

Description

The Reflection Lake Trail does not have trail signs. To find its trailhead, find the "Lily Pond Trail" trail sign near the road with an arrow pointing to Lily Pond Trail. Work your way west along the north side of the road, in the opposite direction of the signpost arrow. Reflection Lake is seen down a short, steep embankment next to the road, to the right. After about .15 miles there is a dirt road with a gate across it, on the right. Go around this gate and head directly towards Reflection Lake to pick up the Reflection Lake Trail on the shoreline of the lake.

Upon finding the trail on the shoreline, continue heading west northwest. In other words, basically head in the same direction that you went on the road but veering slightly north to follow the Reflection Lake shoreline. The trail follows the shoreline, clockwise around Reflection Lake, to end at Lily Pond Trail, .5 miles from the Reflection Lake Trail starting point. Continue following the shoreline, now on Lily Pond Trail, to complete the loop around Reflection Lake and return to the Reflection Lake Trail starting point.

There are no trail signs, so carefully look for, and follow the path that shows the signs of having been trod before.

At the west end of Reflection Lake and along its north shore, the views to the southeast are magnificent. Choas Crags, Mt. Lassen, and peaks nearby can be seen. Reflection Lake sparkles in the sun and is inhabited by Canadian geese.

Flora & Fauna

Canadian geese.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Chaos Crags (left) and Mt. Lassen (right) stand over the east end of Reflection Lake.
Jun 28, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
Enjoy the view looking across Reflection Lake to snow-covered Mt. Lassen and nearby peaks.
Jun 28, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
Lily Pond Trail meanders through the pines with numbered posts corresponding to descriptions in the self-guided trail pamphlet.
Jun 29, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
Reflection Lake is stunningly beautiful in the afternoon light.
Jun 29, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
The view of Lassen Peak at sunset across Reflection Lake is pretty spectacular. The trail is less traveled than the Manzanita Lake Trail, so you may get this view to yourself!
Jun 9, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
While Lassen Peak is definitely the main attraction at sunset, the view to the west is also pretty magical, as the western sky lights up through the trees the line the lake.
Jun 9, 2020 near Shingle…, CA

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