The vibe at Summit Lake South Campground
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$20 per night; pit toilets; potable water avail (in summer only)
We ended up finding a spot in Loop E because this loop is tents-only & nonreservable, and our trip was a last-minute decision. Loop C is the best one though, if you can plan ahead & reserve.
Nice place to camp, even if the sites are a bit too close to one another for my taste. We stayed for 4 nights and did many fabulous hikes with our young kids. I was surprised by how many people came & stayed for only 1-2 nights, though. High turnover.
Beautiful campgrounds right by the lake. Lassen is like the Yellowstone of California, but without the crowds. From the campsites, there are a bunch of small lakes and ponds within walking distance, and it's pretty easy to drive around the park to the various attractions.
No need to bring kindling- there is PLENTY to find. Next time I'll bring my own hatchet though, so I can avoid buying the expensive firewood from the Manzanita store. There is a lot of free wood available, much of it too huge to fit in your fire pit: MUST CUT.
Just spend the weekend here! Love this campground. Just beware, the water is not working, so bring your own. There's a nearby trail head, which will allow you to see over 10 alpine lakes (Cluster Lake Loop). I would absolutely stay here again!
Dog friendly, but no on the trails.