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