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Address: Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
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Beautiful isolated lake in the southeast section of the park.

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Peace And Quiet Once You Get There

To get to Juniper Lake, be prepared. The last 7 miles of the road are unpaved. There is one stretch in the middle that is really bad. Even though I have a SUV, I almost turned... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
Lynnwood, Washington
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Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

To get to Juniper Lake, be prepared. The last 7 miles of the road are unpaved. There is one stretch in the middle that is really bad. Even though I have a SUV, I almost turned around. These kind of roads are hard on the nerves. I'm glad I didn't. Juniper Lake is the biggest lake in the park. Nice... More 

3 Thank Rainier72
Menlo Park, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The road getting to this place is a mess - gravel and lots of ruts and washboard. We weren't sure our Prius would make it, but we persevered. We stayed in campsite 2 which has a beautiful view of a meadow overlooking the lake, but isn't as close to the lake as other sites that we would have liked to... More 

2 Thank Julian C
Israel, Jerusalem
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

we were staying at chester and tried to get to juniper lake, knowingly that it's an unpaved road, but we didn't think it will be that rough. we drove with our Toyota corolla for about 7 miles in the unpaved road (5 more miles to go) before we decided that it's too much, and we might get stuck there. I... More 

6 Thank amiroi
Oakland, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

It's slow to get here but worth the drive. As soon as you leave the town of Chester, you drive on unpaved road the whole time. When we were there during the Labor Day weekend, we drove through heavy fog and light rain and we weren't sure if it was worth it to continue. By the time we got to... More 

3 Thank rickemmanuel
Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We were staying at Drakesbad Guest Ranch and made the morning drive along the washboard road to Juniper Lake. A lovely view of Lassen Peak and quiet spot to explore.

1 Thank CindyandJohn90503
Felton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Pristine, crystal-clear lake with beach. Gorgeous setting. The drive is a bit bumpy but it was worth it!

Thank Marcel H
Santa Cruz, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Small campground doesn't offer solitude but it's a lot quieter and better spread out than 90% of CA campgrounds. Some spots are right on the lake. Various hikes vary from very easy to pretty tough. Mt Harkness has great views. Road is pretty rough; forget trailers. Pit toilets were in pretty good shape.

4 Thank Milocat007
Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Juniper Lake is a lovely place. Nice camping in the Southeast part of Lassen National Park. Seldom crowded.

2 Thank enkidog
East Bay, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

It's a long bumpy drive but well worth the trip. The water is so clear you can see down to the bottom. It's very shallow along the shore and has a nice beach area and picnic tables. A nice day trip from Lake Almanor.

11 Thank Kristin_California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2002

I found Juniper Lake to be magical. The water is warm and the most beautiful turquoise blue. You can see the bottom of the lake and it is clean and inviting. The primitive (outhouses & firepits) campgrounds are more than I ever expected to find in such a "visited" area. I found no garbage on the ground and it was... More 

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