Planning on camping near Lassen Volcanic Park? Perched at an altitude of 5,900 feet, the Manzanita Lake Campground offers fun for the whole family, but make sure to grab the camera before getting out of the car and checking out the scenery.
Manzanita Lake is the largest Lassen National Park camping area, complete with 179 campsites and so many amenities that you might consider it glamping. Featuring stunning views of the largest Mount Lassen volcano—aptly named Lassen Peak, which reaches a whopping 10,457 feet—this campsite provides easy walking access to the lake as well as the various hiking trails. Spend the afternoon swimming and kayaking under the sun as you get acquainted with the new locale, or take it easy by reading a good book and lounging on the shores.
When hunger strikes, settle in at your site’s alfresco table to savor the delectable picnic you packed before leaving Chico. With so much summer produce to choose from (including crowd favorites such as corn, cherries, and avocados), it’s easy to satisfy your whole group and create memories together—like eating watermelon by the dock. While there are numerous things to do in Lassen National Park, sometimes the best way to experience it is to take a step back and simply appreciate the world around you, so spend the rest of your day catch-and-release fishing and hiking the 1.9-mile Manzanita Lake Trail together, which is one of the best day hikes in Lassen National Park.
Take advantage of Lassen’s warm summer nights and the campsite’s fire pit by roasting vegetables, skewers, and marshmallows over a fire. (Be sure to pack your favorite s’mores fixings from your backyard campout—there’s no better place to enjoy them than the great outdoors). When you’re done, clean up and place all your food and cooking materials in the bear-proof storage locker in your campsite before sharing stories and songs around the campfire.
Get cozy in your tent after the sun sets, and prepare for tomorrow’s adventures with a solid night’s sleep. Some of the best things to do in Lassen National Park lie ahead.