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Best Trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park

230 reviews

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Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world, is joined by all three other types of volcanoes in this park: shield, cinder dome, and composite. Other than the volcano, which last erupted in 1915, the park has hydrothermal areas, including fumaroles, boiling pools, and steaming ground, heated by molten rock under the peak.

on Bumpass Hell Trail
3 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail. It is great for all ages. The incline is gradual and hardly noticeable heading towards Bumpass Hell. Heading out the incline is not so easy, however, doable, and it doesn't last long. The scenery and views are gorgeous. Bumpass Hell is like being on another planet. So amazing. You can feel the heat from the mud pots as soon as you enter. A must do hike. I can't wait to do it again.

on Lassen Peak
9 days ago

This hurt my legs

on Kings Creek Falls, Bench ...
11 days ago

Nice hike beautiful falls

on Kings Creek Falls Trail
11 days ago

bummer the main trail is closed and you have to take the horse trail, which is a bit of a struggle due to all the loose rock. but totally worth it!

on Manzanita Creek Trail
11 days ago

hiking

A nice, moderate hike through the pines, near Manzanita Creek (which you cross once over a culvert), with a pretty meadow at the end. Great views of Chaos Crags and Loomis Peak

on Rainbow Lake
12 days ago

backpacking

We hiked from Snag Lake to Rainbow Lake. There was a little bit of climbing as we departed Snag Lake, but it's short lived. Rainbow lake was gorgeous and well shaded. Several logs lined the shore on the East side of the lake which were great to rest our bones on. There were also some good looking campsites around that side of the lake. The water was pristine and clear!

on Echo Lake Trail
12 days ago

hiking

Echo Lake was beautiful and an easy hike to get to from the Summit Lake Ranger Station trail head. There are several other lakes to visit not much further from Echo Lake. And the return hike from Echo Lake to Summit Lake gives you one of the greatest views of Mt. Lassen in the entire park. This is a great day hike or stop along an overnight. However, I do believe there was a sign which stated no camping at Echo Lake. So take note.

on Kings Creek Falls Trail
18 days ago

hiking

a part of the trail was close and you had a workaround route but we could not get next to the falls, it was looking dangerous to climb the rocks up, everybody was turning around at that point.

on Cinder Cone Nature Trail
18 days ago

hiking

this trail is reason enough to spend a night at Butte Lake campground. the track is loose the whole way, and the last half mile is challenging but you will be very glad to have done it. wonderful views in every direction!

on Kings Creek Falls, Bench ...
19 days ago

hiking

Gave it three stars because all the people between the parking area and the falls. Once you turn and head for the lake it's awesome. If you like seeing an awesome valley go west of the lake, about 100 yards, well worth the diversion to the lake.

on Lassen Peak
23 days ago

Great Hike!

on Bumpass Hell Trail
27 days ago

Overall great easy hike. Cool thermal features, sweeping views of surrounding mountains and wildlife and enough of a challenge. Do it! Also go early and beat the crowd and heat.

on Lassen Peak
27 days ago

Every thing you want in a hike. Challenging enough, takes you to the highest point for a 360 view. We saw deer too! So cool!

on Mill Creek Falls Trail
29 days ago

hiking

Good family hike to a wonderful waterfall.

on Lassen Peak
1 month ago

hiking

hiked this trail today. i read reviews before i went, so i felt some what prepared. packed a lunch, had a walking stick, sunscreen... lots of water and a hiking buddy. i was not prepared for the way my body would acclimate to the elevation, and found it a bit difficult to catch my breath at times. we took lots of breaks and went at our own pace. took 3 hrs and 20 for us to reach the peak. once at the top the views were breathtaking. on the way down we found it easier to jog the downward tail and made it back to the bottom in 1 hour. i would not recommend small children on the hike, unless you're experienced at hiking with your children. there were young children who were packed up the trail and the little olders ones i saw appeared to be seasoned in hiking with their families. all in all, it was a great trail.

on Sulphur Works
1 month ago

No hiking, just park and walk to get a whiff of some pure, natural sulfur right in your face. Memorable experience.

on Lassen Peak
1 month ago

hiking

Wonderful hike and the views are well worth the trek up. We took our kids up with us as well (ages 7 & 9). They are both experienced hikers so this trail was not over doing it for them but we also started around 9am. Saw lots of families trying to do the hike on our way down with young kids and it was already too hot and I doubt they made it even half way before turning around. Saw multiple people with a small bottle of water only. I am assuming they had no idea what lied ahead for them. Plan to go first thing in the morning, bring lots of water and have lunch at the top. There were some snowy parts but nothing major. It took us about 4 1/2 hours including lunch at the top but with kids lots of breaks happen and are a must.