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Lassen Lakes Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Lake infused run with Lassen Peak as a backdrop.


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11.8

Miles

19.0

KM

92%

Runnable

7,316' 2,230 m

High

6,492' 1,979 m

Low

1,424' 434 m

Up

1,434' 437 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

A gentle circumnavigation of Lassen NP lakes region filling anyone's need for alpine lakes. A short stretch runs through a burn area and the rest just meanders from one alpine lake to another, with few other people to disrupt the tranquility.

Need to Know

This is located in Lassen National Park, with a $30 entrance fee or use of a National Parks Access Pass ($80 and gets you in all of the NP sites)

Description

Start off at the Summit Lake TH and take the Echo Lake/Twin Lakes Trail. This will be the stick of the loolipop loop and will be the main area where you are bound to run into people. You'll quickly wrap around Summit Lake, which is essentially a water park with attending splashing and yelling. Once past this lake things will begin to normalize and you'll begin a gentle climb toward Echo Lake.

After a little over a mile the trail will split with the trail to the right heading to Echo Lake. The trail peaks out at about this point and slowly drops down to the lake through the forest. This seems to be the destination of any day users as we saw almost no one after this point. Past Echo Lake are a couple smaller lakes then the larger Lower Twin Lake and Upper Twin Lake.

Just after Upper Twin Lake, you'll come to another trail crossing and the Echo Lake/Twin Lakes Trail will come to an end. Take a left onto Bear Lakes Trail. Once on this trail you'll soon enter the burn area, which you you'll be in for the next 2-3 miles. This stretch has its own beauty, but is very exposed so be mindful on windy days (widowmakers) or sunny days (sunburn and heat).

There are some nice shaded spots that can be found for stopping with one particularly lovely rock providing a nice snack stop while looking across Feather Lake.

Just past Silver Lake, a trail will head off to the north (Cluster Lakes Trail). Stay on Bear Lakes Trail and begin about a 500 foot climb up to a ridgeline, finding your way back into the trees and out of the burn area, passing a few more smaller lakes along the way.

From the ridgeline, you have gentle descent back to the Echo Lake/Twin Lakes Trail and then back to the trailhead.

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Shared By:

Jason Doedderlein

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Photos

Mount Lassen from the trail junction
Dec 27, 2017 near Chester, CA
Lassen Peak on the left, and Chaos Crags towards the right, looking west from a ridge near the start of Echo Lake/Twin Lakes Trail. The trail goes through low growing manzanita dotted with firs here.
Jun 27, 2018 near Chester, CA
Summit Lake with Lassen Peak on the far horizon
Dec 27, 2017 near Chester, CA
Upper Twin Lake
Jul 12, 2020 near Chester, CA
Beautiful reflections in Echo Lake
Jul 12, 2020 near Chester, CA
Western shore of Lower Twin Lake
Jul 12, 2020 near Chester, CA

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