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Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake  is located about  30 miles Northeast of Mt. Shasta ( 90 minutes by car) and offers spectacular opportunities for recreation and sightseeing. The lake sits in the caldera of an ancient volcano called Medicine Lake Volcano.  The most recent eruptions took place about 1,000 years ago on the east side of the rim (called Glass Mountain). The elevation of the lake is an amazing 6,700 feet, and the lake covers nearly 600 acres. Its waters are known for being cold and amazingly clear. Medicine Lake has special spiritual significance for local Indian tribes, who frequently use the lake for ceremonies.

Category: Difficult

Distance: 13.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,148 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 736 to merge onto CA-89 S/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway toward McCloud. Merge onto CA-89 S/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. After 5.3 miles, turn left onto Pilgrim Creek Road. Continue on for 15.8 miles to Forest Rte 13. Take a slight left to stay on Forest Rte 13. After 15.7 miles, turn left onto Harris Spring Road/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Continue onto Usfs 44 N 79 and then Usfs 45 N 05. After 3.8 miles, turn right onto Usfs 44 N 01. Continue on for 3 miles onto Tennant Lava Beds Road/Usfs 44 N 05. Trailhead will be on the left.

Highlights: Views of ancient volcano near Medicine Lake, gorgeous lake views


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Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake  is located about  30 miles Northeast of Mt. Shasta ( 90 minutes by car) and offers spectacular opportunities for recreation and sightseeing. The lake sits in the caldera of an ancient volcano called Medicine Lake Volcano.  The most recent eruptions took place about 1,000 years ago on the east side of the rim (called Glass Mountain). The elevation of the lake is an amazing 6,700 feet, and the lake covers nearly 600 acres. Its waters are known for being cold and amazingly clear. Medicine Lake has special spiritual significance for local Indian tribes, who frequently use the lake for ceremonies.

Category: Difficult

Distance: 13.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,148 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 736 to merge onto CA-89 S/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway toward McCloud. Merge onto CA-89 S/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. After 5.3 miles, turn left onto Pilgrim Creek Road. Continue on for 15.8 miles to Forest Rte 13. Take a slight left to stay on Forest Rte 13. After 15.7 miles, turn left onto Harris Spring Road/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Continue onto Usfs 44 N 79 and then Usfs 45 N 05. After 3.8 miles, turn right onto Usfs 44 N 01. Continue on for 3 miles onto Tennant Lava Beds Road/Usfs 44 N 05. Trailhead will be on the left.

Highlights: Views of ancient volcano near Medicine Lake, gorgeous lake views