Magee Lake


16.2 miles  2850' elevation gain

best season: 

2:25 drive

dogs welcome

This is in the rather remote 1000 Lakes Wilderness.  Some of the lakes are shallow, and go dry in late season.  Both Magee Lake and nearby Everett Lake are deep and have campsites waiting for your tent.

They are nestled in below two of the highest peaks in the Lassen area.  The trail goes up to the summit of Magee Peak, and a fairly mild cross-country route continues to the summit of even higher Crater Peak.  The views of the north side of Lassen Peak and of Mount Shasta are excellent.

Nights long in Oct, snow Nov-June, mosquitos may be abundant in July.  So we recommend August and September.

The gravel road to the trailhead has some spots that are rough 2WD.  Might be difficult with a low clearance car.  4WD is not necessary. 

This hike is in 1000 Lakes Wilderness; owned by the public, managed by Lassen National Forest. Backpacking welcomed; campfires welcomed.

No Wilderness Permits needed, a California Campfire Permit is required for campfires or gas stoves.

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