I just returned from three nights camping with friends at the Manzanita Lake Cabins. This was our first trip to Lassen, and we all agreed that it was a fantastic experience. The camping cabins helped make it a great trip for us.
Even though Manzanita Lake sits at the northern entrance to the park, it's as close to a hub as the park has, with a store, visitors center and campground. It was less than an hour to any main attraction, and one of the great ones, Manzanita Lake, is a short walk from any cabin. It's a beautiful stroll around the lake, and you are rewarded with postcard views of Mount Lassen on the far side.
We had one 2-room cabin and one 1-room cabin, which was perfect for our party of 6. The front room of the two room cabin had a futon couch in addition to the table, so it was a great place to gather during the one day of showers we had. Both of these cabins had nice front porches; the bunkhouses do not. We each got the camper package, which spared us having to fly with pots, pans, coolers and sleeping bags. The camp stove was also an important component, along with the canister of propane, as places to go out and eat in the area are few and far between. We didn't realize that the camper package also came with pillows, so we had brought our own. I thought I had read that the second room contained 3 beds and the front room contained a double. But our cabin had a double and twin, with a bunk above each, all in the back room. The mattresses were foam, but quite comfortable. Both cabins had decent windows and good heat for the chilly nights.
The store was well-stocked, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Bathrooms were very clean, even the vault toilets. The bathrooms have no hot water at the sinks. Hot showers are in a nearby building, and $1 gets you 3 minutes of water. Don't expect any electricity, though there are a few outlets in the laundry facility and the restrooms have lights. But the minor inconvenience is more than offset by the amazingly dark, starry skies, and the chance to enjoy the simple company of friends around a campfire.
In addition to walking around the lake, we did a few hikes. Bumpass Hell is very worthwhile, as is Kings Creek Falls. We took a drive out of the park to visit the free Subway Cave, located in Lassen National Forest. It's worth the short 20-minute ride to walk through this lava tube and see yet another way in which volcanic activity created the features of the area.
I would gladly stay here again and hope others are able to experience Lassen and the Manzanita Lake area.
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