Reflection Lake Trail

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Very Easy
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1.0 km
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3 m
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Reflection Lake Trail

The Reflection Lake Trail is an ideal route for those seeking a more casual hiking experience. Short and with little to no elevation incline along its extent, the trail is appropriate for all skill levels and families with young children. Along with its relative ease, the route boasts incredible views of the surrounding Lassen Volcanic National Park landscape.

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Route Description for Reflection Lake Trail

In the springtime especially, the mosquitoes along the Reflection Lake Trail can become rather numerous and bothersome. We therefore recommend bringing bug repellent with you and wearing both long sleeves and pants.

A less crowded option than the nearby Manzanita Lake Trail, the Reflection Lake trail is an excellent choice for those seeking a laid-back route to take their time on. Being both short and flat, the route is appropriate for practically anyone who is interested in doing it and is likewise extremely accessible as it is located right off a main highway within Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lastly, the views found along the Reflection Lake Trail of the surrounding alpine landscape are sublime and can not be overstated.

Navigating the Reflection Lake Trail is incredibly straightforward. With no junctions or any real points one could get lost on, all one must do is simply follow the trail as it circumnavigates the shoreline of Reflection Lake. The route can be completed in either direction, so take your time and enjoy the sightlines. The Reflection Lake Trail will eventually return you to your starting point, where your vehicle will be waiting for you.

Trail Highlights

Loomis Museum

Located just south of Reflection Lake, the Loomis Museum is an incredibly interesting institution concerning the human history of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Made from local volcanic rock, the museum is operated by the National Park Service and possesses a number of intriguing artifacts such as pictures of Lassen Peaks most recent eruption in 1914-1915.

Insider Hints for Reflection Lake Trail

  • Reflection Lake is an excellent place to experience a beautiful sunset!
  • A swim in nearby Manzanita Lake is an excellent way to end a day of hiking in the summer.
  • Bring sunglasses - the glare off of Reflection Lake can be intense at certain times of the day!
  • The northwest of the shoreline is a great photo opportunity location.

Getting to the Reflection Lake Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Reflection Lake Trail is located off of Lassen Peak Highway.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Manzanita Lake Campground

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