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Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, United States

Trailspotting Lassen Volcanic National Park

Several great day-hikes, each offering entirely different experiences showcasing the best of Lassen Volcanic NP.

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Overview: Four hours north east of San Francisco and an hour from the nearest interstate highway, "off the beaten track" is a phrase that could've been coined for Lassen Volcanic National Park. Overlooked by locals and visitors alike the place is something of a treasured secret to those in the know, and should you choose to visit you’ll find tranquil surroundings even on the busiest holiday weekends.

The tranquility of the park belies its true violent nature, however. Situated at the southern-most point on the Cascade Range evidence of volcanic activity is everywhere in this park, including examples of all four types of volcano (plug dome, shield, cinder cone and stratovolcano).

The most prominent landmark in the park at 10,457 feet above sea level is Lassen Peak, also recently the most explosive landmark, when in 1915 witnesses observed explosive eruptions from the summit which cast volcanic ash up to 200 miles away.

Our day hikes leave you spoiled for choice and provide several entirely different experiences each worthy of your attention. Near the middle of the park, combining Lassen Peak and neighboring Bumpass Hell into a single day will give you experiences to remember, or you could check out the great hike up Brokeoff Mountain, or walk around a string of pristine lakes.

Further away from the center of the park, an excursion to Cinder Cone is a great day out, and if you have the time check out the spectacular Chaos Crags rockfall.

Tips:
• Summer through fall is the best time to experience this trail. Snow covers the Lassen landscape for much of the year, closing roads and obscuring trails. See our links below to National Park Service information on road and trail closures.
• Camping is the way to go at Lassen, although the nearby towns of Mineral and Chester offer some motel opportunities.


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Reviews
joost
This is a very helpful guide. I have never been to Lassen, but it's high on my wishlist.

by joost on Jun 11, 2010
Trailspotting
You really should go - it's a great park, and quiet even at the holidays. We were there for July 4th weekend last year - the weather was awesome and the pack was fully open. It's great for kids too.

by Trailspotting on Jun 11, 2010

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