It's no wonder California is such a popular state among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to the number of state parks, preserves, and trails to explore. Northern California has some of the most distinct national forests in the world, and between the Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas National Forest, hikers will enjoy a unique walk through nature along the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail.
The lake in which the trail follows lies between two parks, and bordered by the Plumas National Forest where the trail wanders. Starting along a concrete rest stop on the side of the road in Chester, hikers will enjoy the beginnings of thick woods and a nature trail with compacted soil that's surrounded by vivid vegetation.
With 4 feet in width, the trail is a decent size, which is good since most of the activities along the trail not only include hiking and bicycling, but also horse-back riding, mushing, skiing, and cross-country snowshoeing in the winter. Plenty of walkers travel along the trail to get access to special spots along the water, for swimming and fishing purposes.
The first two miles of trail are pretty rural, with thick trees offering lots of shade. After these two miles, the trail crosses through the Almanor Campground, where you and Fido can find water, restrooms, clean-up bags, and trash bins to use. After taking a moment's rest, you can follow along with the rollercoaster of bluffs that border the lake, giving some elevated views for hikers.
There is one more stop at a campground in Prattville, but before and after that, the only thing that you'll stumble upon is a quiet and serene area that provides views and one-on-one time with Fido. The trail ends at Rocky Points Campground, a place with free parking for hikers, more restrooms, and water fountains.
Relax, play, and just walk in the beautiful nature that makes up California. No matter what you decide to do though, you'll be quick to return to the trail, and eager to walk and exercise with your best friend.