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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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Beautiful Juniper Lake

We saw Juniper Lake when he hiked Mt. Harkness a few months ago. We saw Juniper Lake while at the Look-out looking down. It was decided that we would hike down and visit the lake... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 11, 2016
Evelyn C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

We saw Juniper Lake when he hiked Mt. Harkness a few months ago. We saw Juniper Lake while at the Look-out looking down. It was decided that we would hike down and visit the lake. It was beautiful and we vowed to come back to camp. And we did. Beautiful campsite by the lake with a view of the tip... More 

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Thank Evelyn C
Chico, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

We visited the primitive camp site last summer soon after opening and spent two nights. It was difficult to find a camp site even at noon on a Friday; this place is not "secret" and the long rough drive doesn't seem to deter many people. The pit toilets were not clean - apparently the rowdy campers seemed to "miss" the... More 

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Springfield, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

I was not able to spend much time here. My plan is to add Juniper Lake to my "visit again" list. The blue lake against the blue sky was a memory worth a repeat when I have more time.

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Thank Shirley G
Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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6 Thank Rainier72
Menlo Park, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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3 Thank Julian C
Israel, Jerusalem
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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6 Thank amiroi
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Felton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

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

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Thank Marcel H
Santa Cruz, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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