Hiking in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California is home to the largest plug dome volcano in the world. There are many great hikes for any trip here: Mount Lassen offers great views of the surrounding area with Mont Shasta in the distance. To experience the thermal pools and steam vents, take the short 3 mile out-and-back hike to Bumpass Hell.
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Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park
California, United States
 
Moderate: 5.0 miles, Half day
Tackle highest peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park and stand atop an active volcano.

Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Mount Lassen is a towering testament to the volcanic origins of this region, and an imposing sight from the trailhead on the...
Ridge Lakes - Lassen Volcanic National Park
Ridge Lakes - Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, United States
Difficult: 2.3 miles, 1-3 hours
2.3 mile trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park

A short, but steep 2 miles return trip, with 1000 feet elevation gain, so quite strenuous, especially at this altitude. The trail starts at Sulphur Works, on the main park road. It climbs right away and simply never stop climbing (pretty steep towards the end) until you reach the destination: a beautiful hidden little lake with turquoise waters. Great...
Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, United States
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Picturesque Lassen peaks are reflected by the tranquil waters of Manzanita Lake on this short 2 mile loop trail.

On a clear day the short and easy 2 mile loop hike around sparkling Manzanita Lake is the perfect introduction to Lassen Volcanic National Park, showcasing as it does some the best features of the park - including the glacier strewn Lassen Peak and the young Chaos Crags massif. In fact it was an enormous rockfall collapse of Chaos Crags which cut off...
Cinder Cone, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Cinder Cone, Lassen Volcanic National Park
California, United States
 
Moderate: 5.5 miles, Half day
Marvel at Lassen's volcanic landscape from atop the rim of a cinder cone.

Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Cinder cones are scattered all around you at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Some are in plain sight and others are overgrown...
Cluster Lakes, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Cluster Lakes, Lassen Volcanic National Park
California, United States
 
Moderate: 11.0 miles, Full day
Whether you measure your lakes by quality or quantity, this hike's a winner either way.

Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. This guide explores a chain pristine lakes and pools at least a dozen in number, on this loop trail deep in the heart of Lassen...
Lassen Peak Standard Summit Route and Ski Descent
Lassen Peak Standard Summit Route and Ski Descent
Shingletown, California, United States
Difficult: 6.7 miles, Full day
Via Lassen Peak Trail and Northeast Ridge with optional ski descent

This is a truly amazing ski ascent and descent on a beautiful peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park. This park isn't very popular compared to the others and you may find yourself in early spring, like we did, the only people on the mountain! It's a great warm up for Shasta to the north. From the parking lot at the trailhead head into the woods and...
Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park
California, United States
 
Easy: 3.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Bubbling mud pots, sulfur vents and boiling pools make this trip to hell and back well worth the effort.

Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Sticking to the trail is always recommended, but if you're visiting Bumpass Hell we really must insist. To illustrate the point...
Brokeoff Mountain, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Brokeoff Mountain, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mineral, California, United States
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Full day
Climb one of the park's best trails to experience the unrivaled views from the summit of Brokeoff Mountain.

Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Many folk head to Lassen Volcanic National Park with a plan to hike Lassen Peak, and for good reason - it's a really good signature...
Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Shingletown, California, United States
 
Easy: 3.5 miles, Half day
Clamber around the rocks of an enormous volcanic rockslide.

Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. In geological terms the landscape of Lassen Volcanic National Park is about as young as it gets, and for an example you need...
Trips
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Brokeoff Mountain (Lassen Volcanic National Park)
by Vaudesir on Sep 06, 2009
Morgan Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 7.2 miles
I initially wanted to climb up Lassen Peak but had to change my plans after learning that the trail was closed for the remaining of the year. Brokeoff Mountain seemed to be an interesting alternative. Less crowded, with great views, and considered to be the most strenuous of the featured hikes in the park, although it is short (7 miles return trip).It did not disappoint. The path goes through various type of...
Lassen Mud Pools Video
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Bumpass Hell - Lassen Volcanic National Park
by chris on Jun 20, 2009
Manzanita Lake, California, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
We arrived pretty late in Lassen Volcanic National Park, but we secured a campsite for the night and decided to get in a quick hike before the sun went down.  We barely made it before sunset, but it was definitely worth it.  The snow was a bit slippery, but the hot sulfur pools were pretty neat.
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Bumpass Hell (Lassen Volcanic National Park)
by Vaudesir on Sep 07, 2009
Manzanita Lake
Hiking | 3.0 miles
Bumpass Hell is the must-visit area in the whole park. It features very impressive mudpots and hissing fumaroles.While accessible only through hiking, it is an easy 3 miles hike (return trip) very doable with young kids. The trailhead is right by the main park road and offers great views of Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain and Mount Diller. It goes down slightly for a few hundred yards until it reaches the road again,...
Cinder Cone Trail, Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo
Cinder Cone Trail, Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo
Cinder Cone Trail, Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo
Cinder Cone Trail, Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo
Cinder Cone Trail
by jq4ever on Jul 02, 2012
Drakesbad, California, United States
Hiking | 7.2 miles
Kings Creek Falls Crail Photo
Kings Creek Falls Crail Photo
Kings Creek Falls Crail Photo
Kings Creek Falls Crail Photo
Kings Creek Falls
by jq4ever on Jul 01, 2012
Drakesbad, California, United States
Hiking | 3.2 miles
Lassen Peak Video
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Lassen Peak - Lassen Volcanic National Park
by chris on Jun 20, 2009
Manzanita Lake, California, United States
Hiking | 4.8 miles
David and I woke up early today (6:45) to eat a cold oatmeal breakfast (our stove broke) and pack up our campsite before heading over to Lassen peak.  It was pretty cold when we got there, but we knew that we would get warm during out 2000ft elevation gain.  The snow was a but slippery, but we managed pretty well.  We climbed to the highest point we could and then decended into...
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Echo Lake
by pirxpilot on Aug 10, 2011
California, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles
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Lassen Volcanic National Park - Warner valley and the Devils Kitchen
by sarcher on Jun 18, 2009
Drakesbad, California, United States
Hiking | 0.0 miles
Nice hike to the Devils Kitchen.  iphone / GPS was not working well.
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
by inko10k on May 25, 2009
Manzanita Lake, California, United States
Hiking | 8.5 miles
Day 1 hike was a failure. The trails were semi covered with snow and we had no idea which way to go once we hit a fork in the path. We didn't make it to the falls, but instead we climbed up a steep cliff, ascending about 500ft.Day 2 hike was also a failure. There was too much snow and we had no idea where the trail was. We decided to head...
Paradise Meadow Trail Photo
Paradise Meadow Trail Photo
Paradise Meadow Trail Photo
Paradise Meadow Trail Photo
Paradise Meadow
by jq4ever on Jul 01, 2012
Manzanita Lake, California, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
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Lassen day 1
by slowerhiker on Sep 01, 2012
Drakesbad, California, United States
Hiking | 9.4 miles