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    Eagle Lake Recreational Trail

    Eagle Lake Recreational Trail

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    Eagle Lake Recreational Trail is a relatively short route within Lassen National Forest that is ideal for families with young children and beginner hikers. Peaceful and scenic, the views of nearby Eagle Lake and the surrounding mountainous environment ensure that hiking along Eagle Lake Recreational Trail is an experience you won't soon forget.

    Route Description for Eagle Lake Recreational Trail

    The Eagle Lake Recreational Trail is a popular route for bikers, so care should be taken when hiking along it. Ensure that you are staying to one side of the trail so as to leave space for passing bikers. Likewise, in the springtime especially, the mosquitoes along the route can become numerous, so we recommend bringing bug repellent with you.

    If you are seeking a family-friendly route that is not too long, and still boasts great views, then the Eagle Lake Recreational Trail is for you! Taking you along the shoreline of stunning Eagle Lake, the Eagle Lake Recreational Trail is paved, and is therefore wheelchair accessible and ideal for those traveling with strollers. All in all, a leisurely stroll along the Eagle Lake Recreational Trail will not leave you disappointed.

    Having arrived at the trailhead, follow the Eagle Lake Recreational Trail as it makes its way west along the southern shoreline of Eagle Lake. The route continues on along the shoreline for the majority of its extent - veering off only as it reaches Christe Campground. Navigating the route is incredibly straightforward. Simply follow along the well marked trail as it makes its way west until Criste Campground. Once there, backtrack your steps towards Merrill Campground and your waiting vehicle.

    Trail Highlights

    Eagle Lake

    The second largest natural lake in the state of California, Eagle Lake is a picturesque body of water that attracts people from all over the United States and beyond. At an elevation of 1,554 m, Eagle Lake has a surface area of 24,000 acres. A variety of recreational activities can be enjoyed along the lake and throughout its adjacent area such as camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

    Insider Hints for Eagle Lake Recreational Trail

    • Bring sunglasses - the glare along Eagle Lake can become intense at certain times of the day.
    • Keep your eyes up! Eagle Lake Recreational Trail is regarded as an excellent location for bird watching.
    • Hungry after a day of hiking? Check out the Pizza Factory!

    Getting to the Eagle Lake Recreational Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Eagle Lake Recreational Trail is located at Merrill Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Merrill Campground

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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