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Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake sits in the caldera of an ancient volcano and is 30 miles Northeast of Mount Shasta. The last time that the Medicine Lake Volcano erupted was nearly 1,000 years ago on the east side of the rim. Medicine Lake sits at an elevation of 6,700 feet, covers nearly 600 acres and has clear and cold water. The lake is known for spiritual significance of local Indian tribes who like to use the lake for ceremonies.  

Medicine Lake Shore, Siskiyou

Medicine Lake Shore

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

Medicine Lake kayaks, Siskiyou

Medicine Lake kayaks


(530) 926-4511 (Mount Shasta Ranger Station)
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