This is the closest lake/campground/facility to the north entrance of the park and it is subsequently very busy on a weekend. Many people boating/fishing/swimming in the lake (though it's plenty big to share) and a crowded campground make it a little less mountain getaway and a little more being in the dirt with strangers. For a more intimate but still accessible time, try summit lake (north or south) a few miles down the road. Importantly, Manzanita lake camp store has HUGE soft serve ice cream which is pretty much awesome and a must have after any hike (even if it's just to the camp store).
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