The perfect introduction to the wonderful winter sport, snowshoeing around Manzanita lake is a fun way to be able to access Lassen Volcanic National Park even in the snowy winter. 

Snow shouldn't stop you from accessing your favorite places in the winter time, but it does add some intrigue and a little extra planning. If you're not familiar with traversing through powdery snow  on extra-large metal shoes that keep you from sinking down to your knees, then Manzanita Lake would be a perfect place to try out the sport! Depending on how much you think you will be going, snowshoes can be purchased or rented from any outdoor sport store in Redding, CA, the closest large town to Lassen NP. 

Manzanita Lake is probably the easiest trail to spot in Lassen NP -- it's right by the western park entrance and the trailhead starts at the Loomis Visitor Center. That means parking is easily accessible (although weekends might render the parking lot a little crowded). The trail is fairly well traveled, and you will see tracks made by other snowshoers, cross-country skiers, hikers and even wildlife! It takes you around the edge of a completely frozen lake. As tempting as it is, I wouldn't recommend walking very far out on the lake, though, since ice may be thinner than you think. The area is incredibly picturesque throughout all seasons, however, the snow puts quite a charm on it during the winter. Plus, you'll be able to enjoy plenty of views of Mt. Lassen as you hike along.

If you're interested, Manzanita Lake is a great place to bird watch; last time I went, we saw a pair of beautiful bald eagles perched on a snag! Bring some binoculars and spend a little time enjoying the wildlife. Remember to also wear plenty of warm clothes and sunglasses, since the sun tends to reflect off the snow. Bring your friends, family and even a picnic and enjoy a fun winter adventure! 

Pack List

  • Snowshoes!
  • Waterproof snow or hiking boots
  • Warm clothes
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
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RT Distance 1.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 0 Feet
Activities Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Winter
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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