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Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

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Lassen National Forest
900 E. Hwy. 36
PO Box 767
Chester, CA 96020



Spectacular views of Lake Almanor, Dyer Mountain and Lassen Volcanic National Park can be found along the entire route of the nine and one-half mile Lake Almanor Recreation Trail. This multiuse trail winds through beautiful stands of stately pine, fir and incense cedar, as well as meadows, a campground, a summer home tract and several lakeshore areas that will invite you to take a swim or try your luck at fishing. The trail is ten feet wide and has a paved surface.

Opportunities abound for summer fun at Lake Almanor. Several good spots for shore fishing can be found along the trail and nearby resorts have boats for rent if you would like to try deeper waters.

Many of the beaches and coves are excellent swimming areas for young children (lifeguards are not provided).

Some of the best wildlife viewing in the Lake Almanor basin can be found here. Osprey and Bald Eagles are frequently seen from the west shore. Often Eagles "rob" Osprey or other wildlife oftheir meals. A favorite hunting method is from a perch tree, with the eagle flying out to capture the prey when sighted. Osprey hunt from the air, frequently hovering for several moments before plunging into the lake for a fish that may be several feet below the surface.

Lake Almanor and the surrounding area is also the summer range of the Tehama deer herd, the largest migratory deer herd in California. Several species of waterfowl stop hereduring their annual migrations north and south. Chipmunks and squirrels of the area may be very friendly and beg for food. Please resist the temptation to feed any of the wildlife as it is not good for them and they may carry the parasites that can make humans ill.

Winter brings a beautiful white mantle of snow to the Lake Almanor basin. The trail is an ideal location for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Fishing is allowed year round but access is limited unless you have snowshoes or skis (both are available locally for rent).


Additional Details:

Portions of the trail pass through private property, campgrounds and near private residences. Please respect the privacy of others.

Always ride on the right side of the trail and slow to an appropriate speed when rounding corners to avoid collisions with oncoming trail users.

Drinking water is not readily available along the trail. Canteens may be filled from any piped water source in the Almanor Campground. DO NOT drink water from the lake or streams.

Some segments of the trail pass through open areas that can be very hot in summer months, don''t forget your sunscreen or a hat.

Campfires are not permitted along the lakeshore.

Please pack out what you pack in.

The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is closed to all motorized traffic and saddle or pack stock.

All National Forest lands on the west side of Lake Almanor are closed to overnight camping except for developed recreation sites (campgrounds).

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