Manzanita Lake

Summary  Link to more information about summary

Difficulty 2 Beginner-intermediate
Length 1.7 miles round trip
5850 feet
Navigation Adjacent to road
Time Few hours
Season December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Use Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Manzanita Lake
Start Manzanita Lake Ranger Station, 0.5 mile east of the Manzanita Lake Entrance Station. The ranger station is closed in winter.

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The level tour around Manzanita Lake would be ideal for first time skiers except for places along the route where you must pass through dense trees. First time skiers will probably prefer to ski on Lassen Park Road or on the Manzanita Creek Trail which passes through the campground.

Stay off the lake ice, it is unstable and shores may be difficult to recognize under snow.

Mileage Log   Link to more information about mileage log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Waypoint 1 to 2
Miles: 0.0 - 0.1
Elevation change: +0 

From the trailhead (1) ski west for 0.1 mile until you reach Manzanita Lake (2).

Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 0.1 - 0.6
Elevation change: +0 

Ski northwest and then south along the lake shore for a total of 0.5 mile until you reach the bridge (3) across the lake's outlet creek. The bridge is located at the edge of the lake.

Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 0.6 - 1.6
Elevation change: +0 

Ski along the lake shore and around the south end of the lake for a total of 1.0 mile until you reach the bridge (4) across the inlet to the lake. Note that the bridge is located 0.1 mile from the lake where the summer hiking trail crosses the inlet.

Waypoint 4 to 1
Miles: 1.6 - 1.7
Elevation change: +0 

Cross the bridge and ski northeast for 0.1 mile to the trailhead (1).


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