Lassen Volcanic National Park

California, United States
 (11 votes, 11 reviews)
Lassen Volcanic National Park is often overlooked and overshadowed by more famous parks such as Yosemite, but this park is one of the best of its kind. Lassen is home to the largest plug dome volcano in the world, and is the only place in the world where you can find all types of volcanoes in one place. Hikes range from meadow loops to mountain climbs and the entire park is accessible in the winter via snowshoe or cross country skis.

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.
Hiking Trails
Popular Hikes
Bumpass Hell - a moderate 3-mile hike to boiling mud pools and other hydrothermal areas.

Lassen Peak - a 4.8 climb up loose rock to the top of Lassen Peak with great views of the crater and surrounding mountains.

Cinder Cone - strenuous 4-mile steep climb to the summit of Cinder Cone. Great views of Lassen Peak.

Prospect Peak - strenuous 6.6-mile trail to the crater's rim with panoramic views of Cinder Cone in the distance.

Devil's Kitchen - moderate 4.2-mile trail through a meadow past mudpots, steam vents, and Hot Springs Creek.

Boiling Springs Lake - easy 1.8-mile trail through a meadow to the lake. The water stays around 125 degrees due to steam vents below. Great for wildflowers and birding.

Inspiration Point - moderate 1.4-mile climb through forests and meadows to the summit with rewarding views of Lassen, Prospect Peak, Cinder Cone, and Mount Harkness.

Easy Hikes
Devastated Area Interpretive Trail - easy 0.5-mile hike explaining the effects of Lassen Peaks most recent eruptions.

Lily Pond Nature Trail - easy 0.75-mile walk to lily pond with interpretive posts along the way.

Crystal Lake - easy 0.8-mile ascent through the forest to a nice lake.

Cold Boiling Lake - easy 1.4 mile trail past forests and meadows to this high lake with gas bubbles escaping from hydrothermal system below.

Manzanita Lake - easy 1.5-mile trail around Manzanita Trail with views of Lassen Peak. Great for birding, wildflowers, and families.

Horseshoe Lake - easy 2.8-mile trail between Juniper and Horseshoe lakes with nice fishing.


Moderate Hikes
Paradise Meadow - moderate 2.8-mile hike up to a meadow surrounded by cliffs.

Kings Creek Falls - moderate 3-mile hike through the Kings Creek meadow before arriving at the waterfall. Great wildflowers in the spring.

Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes - a moderate 3.4 mile rocky trail between Reading Peak and Lassen Peak with great views of Lassen Peak from the lake.

Chaos Crags and Crags Lake - moderate 4-mile gently climb up and then down to Crags Lake.

Echo Lake - moderate 4.4-mile hike through the forest to Echo Lake with great views of Lassen Peak.

Mill Creek Falls - moderate 4.6-mile , descend through the forest to a view of the falls before arriving at the top of the falls.

Terminal Geyser - moderate 5.8-mile trail from Boiling Springs along the PCT.

Manzanita Creek - moderate 7-mile climb along Manzanita Creek, ending in a meadow with views of Eagle Peak and other mountains.


Strenuous Hikes
Ridge Lakes - strenuous 2-mile trail up to the ridge and basin between Brokeoff Mountain and Mt. Diller.

Mount Harkness - strenuous 3.8-mile climb to the peak with great views awaiting at the top.

Brokeoff Mountain - strenuous 7.4-mile mostly steep, climb through the forests to the top of Brokeoff mountain with excellent views of the park.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Subway Cave, Lassen National Forest
Descend into the dark volcanic underworld of the Subway Cave lava tube for a short yet highly memorable hike.
Easy
0.4 mi/
0.6 km
Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Picturesque Lassen peaks are reflected by the tranquil waters of Manzanita Lake on this short 2 mile loop trail.
Easy
2.0 mi/
3.2 km
Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Bubbling mud pots, sulfur vents and boiling pools make this trip to hell and back well worth the effort.
Easy
3.0 mi/
4.8 km
Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Clamber around the rocks of an enormous volcanic rockslide.
Easy
3.5 mi/
5.6 km
Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Tackle highest peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park and stand atop an active volcano.
Moderate
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Cinder Cone, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Marvel at Lassen's volcanic landscape from atop the rim of a cinder cone.
Moderate
5.5 mi/
8.9 km
Brokeoff Mountain, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Climb one of the park's best trails to experience the unrivaled views from the summit of Brokeoff Mountain.
Moderate
7.0 mi/
11.3 km
Cluster Lakes, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Whether you measure your lakes by quality or quantity, this hike's a winner either way.
Moderate
11.0 mi/
17.7 km
Ridge Lakes - Lassen Volcanic National Park
2.3 mile trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Difficult
2.3 mi/
3.7 km
Lassen Peak Standard Summit Route and Ski Descent
Via Lassen Peak Trail and Northeast Ridge with optional ski descent
Difficult
6.7 mi/
10.8 km
Guides
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.
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.
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.
Trailspotting Lassen Volcanic National Park
Trailspotting Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, United States
 
Several great day-hikes, each offering entirely different experiences showcasing the best of Lassen Volcanic NP.
Subway Cave, Lassen National Forest
Subway Cave, Lassen National Forest
Old Station, California, United States
 
Easy: 0.4 miles, 1 hour or less
Descend into the dark volcanic underworld of the Subway Cave lava tube for a short yet highly memorable hike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Community Trips
Sign at the trailhead (Morgan Springs, California, United States) Photo
Mike looking at our target (Morgan Springs, California, United States) Photo
This is where we're going (Morgan Springs, California, United States) Photo
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Brokeoff Mountain (Lassen Volcanic National Park)
by Vaudesir on Sep 06, 2009
Morgan Springs, California, United States
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...
Starting Point Photo
Lassen Peak Photo
Echo Lake. Photo
Autumn Colors, Echo Lake. Photo
Cluster Lakes Loop, Lassen Volcanic National Park
by steverod on Oct 10, 2009
Drakesbad, California, United States
0.0 miles
I wanted a mellow backpacking trip and this perfectly fit the bill. Drove up the night before, crashed in the Southwest Walk-In Campground, picked up a permit the next day, and set off from Summit Lake after oohing and aahing at Mount Lassen itself. Spent the night at Silver Lake and headed out the next day.The hike definitely has ups and downs but they are not that bad -- mostly you are...
Lassen Mud Pools Video
IMG_3897 (Manzanita Lake, California, United States) Photo
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Bumpass Hell - Lassen Volcanic National Park
by chris on Jun 20, 2009
Manzanita Lake, California, United States
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.
trail (Manzanita Lake, California, United States) Photo
Brokeoff Mountain (Manzanita Lake, California, United States) Photo
Going up (Manzanita Lake, California, United States) Photo
View of Dumbass Hell (Manzanita Lake, California, United States) Photo
Bumpass Hell (Lassen Volcanic National Park)
by Vaudesir on Sep 07, 2009
Manzanita Lake
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,...
Lassen Peak Video
IMG_3969 (Manzanita Lake, California, United States) Photo
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IMG_3971 (Manzanita Lake, California, United States) Photo
Lassen Peak - Lassen Volcanic National Park
by chris on Jun 20, 2009
Manzanita Lake, California, United States
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...
Along the trail (Drakesbad, California, United States) Photo
Small meadow (Drakesbad, California, United States) Photo
Horseshoe Lake (Drakesbad, California, United States) Photo
Joe on the trail (Drakesbad, California, United States) Photo
Lassen Nat Park Pack to Cinder Cone
by mercdog on Oct 07, 2008
29 miles
Joe and I decided to hike to the Cinder Cone in Lassen National Park. We had three days and did want to back track.. so we choose a loop route. We packed in about 12 miles from Summit Lake to Snag Lake, Friday afternoon. After leaving the trailhead, we didn't see anyone all day. When we arrived at Snag Lake we were definitely ready to stop for the...
Sulfer works Photo
Bumpass Hell Photo
South ridge of Lassen Peak Photo
Snow blasted Photo
Snowshoe to the summit of Mt Lassen
by AllenRbrts on Apr 16, 2010
Mineral, California, United States
11.4 miles
3 day snowshoe trip to the summit of Mt Lassen. Started at the southwest entrance to the park, generally following the road covered in 16' of snow. Camped near Lake Helen close to the summer trailhead to Mt Lassen.Next day had a wonderful summit day to Mt Lassen, snowshoed all the way to the summit. Rapid glissade down the mountain back to camp. Snowshoed back out the next day.
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
3.2 miles
Lassen Park Road Photo
View towards Diamond Peak Photo
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Lassen Park Entrance to Sulphur Works
by calipidder on Jan 16, 2010
Morgan Springs, California, United States
1.8 miles
This is a very short and simple ski or snowshoe, starting from the visitor center at the South entrance to Lassen National Park and following the road to Sulphur Works. Be prepared to smell rotten eggs! Additional Photos and some videos of the Sulphur Works available here
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
7.2 miles

Reviews
ilya_ktsn
The main visitor center is open, meaning - the restroom is working and warm. The road to it is plowed. But that's about it.
Visited on Mar 22, 2014

by ilya_ktsn 7 days ago
alicia.hughes.370
Nice trails and beautiful scenery!
Visited on Aug 18, 2013

by alicia.hughes.370 on Sep 08, 2013
snra_guy
Awesome experience! Great scenery! It's like a mini and unknown Yellow Stone!
Visited on Jun 07, 2013

by snra_guy on Jul 13, 2013
snra_guy
Awesome experience! Great scenery! It's like a mini and unknown Yellow Stone!
Visited on Jun 07, 2013

by snra_guy on Jul 13, 2013
sunday
Great Hike, this has become one of my favorite national parks and favorite peaks. Very accessible, beautiful scenery, just amazing.

http://opadventureteam.com/2011/09/07/hiking-lassen-volcanic-national-park-lassen-peak-2/

Visited on Sep 04, 2011

by sunday on Sep 08, 2011
NyxNoxNocturnus
Had a short trip, stayed in Chester, CA and hiked Bumpass Hell. Loved it and plan to return to hike more trails. One note, roads had just opened here, trail was more difficult then normal but that was due to heavy snow and few hikers traveling before our group.
Visited on Jul 21, 2011

by NyxNoxNocturnus on Jul 07, 2012
ilya_ktsn
This is winter - be prepared for cold. On the plus side the park is totally empty, beautiful especially with the fresh snow.
Visited on Feb 06, 2010

by ilya_ktsn on Nov 27, 2011
steverod
Lassen Volcanic National Park is an oddity for Northern California, and is definitely off the beaten path, both of which are good things. The big draws here are the volcanic activities reminiscent of Yellowstone, the empty trails, and the endless winter: the first makes for a fun period of auto tourism - much but not all of the geothermal activity is either on the park road or an easy hike away from it- the second makes for an easy backpacking getaway (and the roads are good enough to make Lassen no further away than Tahoe, at least from the southern SF Bay Area), and the third makes for fabulous snow play well into June.

Don't come looking for the Sierra's alpine vistas and you can have a great time.

Visited on Oct 10, 2009

by steverod on Feb 01, 2011
chris
I can't believe this places isn't always packed! There are so many great (and beautiful) things to do here year round and it was practically empty when I was there.

I added a short trip to Lassen after a 4 day backpacking trip in the Trinity Alps (which was great!). We didn't have too much time but found a nice camping spot and went on a hike to Bumpass Hell to see the steam vents and boiling mud pools. It was late June but there was still snow everywhere.

The next morning we climbed up Lassen Peak which had some great views all the way to Mt. Shasta. The climb was pretty tough, especially considering we had no food for breakfast and the high elevation.

I hope to go snowshoeing in the winter or to hike around some of the lakes and meadows later in Summer when all of the snow has melted.

Visited on Jun 20, 2009

by chris on Jan 12, 2011
Yiping
Easy hike at a moderate altitude. If you are newbie to high sierra or high altitude hiking, this is a good try. :-)
Visited on Aug 31, 2008

by Yiping on Jan 17, 2013
jmdbusiness
Lassen Peak, Mt. Brokeoff, Bumpass Hell, Paradise Meadows are musts. South East side of the park (Juniper Lake area) are much less visited.

by jmdbusiness on Aug 08, 2011

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