Lassen Volcanic National Park: Twin Lakes

Ramble 8 miles out-and-back along a chain of shimmering lakes and enjoy a refreshing midsummer swim beneath the park's centerpiece, Lassen Peak.

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Head east, wrapping north around Summit Lake’s glassy reflection.


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Left at 3-way, climbing east from Summit Lake. To the west, snowcapped Lassen Peak rises above the conical treetops.


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Right at Y to Echo Lake along path lined with dense conifers.


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Slight ascent before dropping into Echo Lake basin.


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Take a break at north end of Echo Lake for some private backcountry swimming, then turn left and follow the eastern shoreline, which is blanketed with lush, green growth that’s reflected in the water.


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Pass north side of tiny pond tucked into a semi-steep cove.


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Briefly skirt south long shore of narrow, unnamed pond.


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Reach peaceful west shore of Upper Twin Lake; turn left at 3-way bearing north.


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Grab lunch on the isthmus between Upper and Lower Twin Lakes while taking in views south of Crater Butte’s half-knob dome; retrace route to car.

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