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Summit Lake Amphitheater Trail

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 3.0 (2)

A lovely run around scenic Summit Lake, one can get to the campground amphitheater on this path.


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0.5

Miles

0.9

KM

100%

Runnable

6,693' 2,040 m

High

6,683' 2,037 m

Low

15' 5 m

Up

18' 6 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

Summit Lake Amphitheater Trail can be accessed from both the North and South Summit Lake Campgrounds. From North Summit Lake Campground, run east on the trail along the lake and bear right/south where the trail forks to begin running on Summit Lake Amphitheater Trail. To access this trail from Summit Lake South Campground, take Summit Lake South Campground Connector from the south campground entrance area toward the lake and find this trail at the lake's edge.

Summit Lake Amphitheater Trail is a wide, flat trail in the fir forest at the edge of Summit Lake. From the trail start at the northeast corner of Summit Lake (as shown in this description), the trail soon reaches an unmarked fork in the trail on the east side of the lake. Stay right to continue running along the shoreline on this trail. To get to the campground amphitheater, go left, away from the lake onto Summit Lake Amphitheater Access Spur. The other end of Summit Lake Amphitheater Access Spur is marked with a sign pointing the way to the amphitheater.

As the south end of the lake is reached, Summit Lake Amphitheater Trail comes out of the forest onto a boardwalk over the lake's outlet stream and its marshy banks. There are nice views of Hat Mountain across the lake to the north here. The trail then passes the South Summit Lake Campground and heads north through the forest along the west shore of Summit Lake.

Summit Lake North Campground where Summit Lake Amphitheater Trail ends, is soon reached after a total of 0.5 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Fir forest and a grassy, wet area at the Summit Lake outlet creek. Geese.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Photos

Summit Lake with Lassen Peak on the far horizon
Dec 27, 2017 near Chester, CA
Morning reflections in Summit Lake
Jul 12, 2020 near Chester, CA
Summit Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park
Apr 3, 2020 near Chester, CA
Hat Mountain, 7,695 ft., is seen to the north of Summit Lake from the lake's south shore on a clear summer evening.
Jul 3, 2020 near Chester, CA
Summit Lake Amphitheater Trail runs through the beautiful pine forest as it circles Summit Lake.
Jul 3, 2020 near Chester, CA
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Apr 3, 2020 near Chester, CA

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