Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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5.3 km
Elevation
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221 m
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The Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail is a beautiful route within Lassen Volcanic National Park. Leading you along the shoreline of several picturesque mountain lakes, the Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail possesses stunning sightlines of the surrounding terrain.

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Route Description for Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail

Although not a long hike by the standards of most, the Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail possess a fair amount of elevation fluctuation in relation to its distance, and is therefore rather steep at sections. Due to this, the route is likely not appropriate for families with young children. It is also important to note that - in the springtime especially - the mosquitoes along the route can become numerous and bothersome. We therefore recommend bringing bug repellent with you!

If you are looking for a moderately difficult route within Lassen Volcanic National Park with great views, then the Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail is ideal for you! The route is an ideal mix of hiking and scenic enjoyment for intermediate hikers, and families with older children. In addition, as the Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail is located right off a main highway within the park, it is easily accessible.

Having arrived at the trailhead, follow the Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail north. After a few hundred feet, you will arrive at a junction within the trail. At the junction, take the eastern pathway over terrain that steadily begins to decline. Continuing on the trail, you will first reach the southern shore of Terrace Lake, and then almost immediately, you will arrive at the southern shore of Shadow Lake.

After arriving at Shadow Lakes southern shore, continue on along the path as it makes its way adjacent to the eastern shore of the lake before veering away from it to the east. The Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail will cross a creek and pass by a small unnamed pond to the south before heading southwards and arriving at the northern shore of Cliff Lake. Once you're ready, simply backtrack your steps towards the trailhead. Keep in mind that the trail is uphill for the majority of the returning hike.

Trail Highlights

Reading Peak

A popular hiking, scrambling, and backcountry skiing destination, Reading Peak is a beautiful mountain within Lassen Volcanic National Park. Visible to the south of the Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail, the imposing mountain watches over the surrounding area from an elevation of 2,647 m. While not as renowned as nearby Lassen Peak, Reading Peak is truly a sight to behold.

Insider Hints for Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail

  • Wear sunscreen and a hat to help protect you from the effects of the alpine sun.
  • Be aware that in early spring snow and ice can still be found along the route.
  • A good pair of hiking boots goes a long way. Your ankles and knees will thank you!
  • Hiking poles make climbing and descending elevation easier.

Getting to the Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail is located off of Lassen Peak Highway.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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