McGowan National Recreation Trail

The McGowan Lake Cross-Country Ski Area has been in existence since 1982 and offers 10 miles of trails, 5 miles of which are periodically groomed

photo:  Photo by USDA Forest Service.

Length: 10.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Snow Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing

     dogs - off leash allowed

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Location: In Lassen NF 6 mi. E of Mineral on Forest Rds. 29N22 and 30N16.
State(s): California
Counties: Tehama
Longitude: -121.56419
Latitude: 40.36522

Driving Directions

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Access is on Highway 89, 2 miles north of Highway 36 and near the southern entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Literally in the shadow of Lassen Peak, McGowan area trails wander through mixed conifer forest and are popular with beginning to advanced skiers. Elevations range from 5,020 to 6,200 feet. McGowan cross-country ski trails are closed to all motorized vehicles.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Snow or ice
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 3%
Maximum Grade: 4%
Elevation Low Point: 5,020
Elevation High Point: 6,200
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Park Ranger:
Michelle Ahearn
Almanor District Recreation Officer
US Forest Service
Lassen National Forest
PO Box 767
Chester, CA 96020
(530) 258-2141
[email protected]



 Photo by USDA Forest Service.

Photo by USDA Forest Service.


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