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was snowing that thay.. but just beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

The geyser was an interesting sight, but the high light was the trail and all of the wildflowers blooming in early June. Still a great hike if you're already planning on seeing boiling lake.

7 months ago

Geyser at the end wasn't much to see. However the hike was good. Also the boiling lake can be seen on the way to the geyser and that was very cool!

Great hike! Great for beginners and the hot springs at the end are very interesting. The trail is well travelled and easy to follow.

It was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen

hiking
1 year ago

An underrated hike that is accessible from Warner Valley/Drakesbad area of Lassen. Not difficult to find, and trailheads are well marked. Trail is well maintained.
Horse-guided tours from Drakesbad also use this trail and it follows a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail for a short bit. It's an easy hike- 2.1 miles to a neat geothermal part of the park that lets you get pretty up close and personal with some steam vents and mud pots. The water level was low though so I did get to hear so VERY deep rolling boiling noises, but couldn't see it bubbling in spots.
Very low populated trail once you get past the Drakesbad Ranch. The meadow is beautiful and there is a beaver that was hiding along part of the wooden gangplank path. Worth the trip!

Beautiful drive and an interesting mountain

Fun hike! I enjoyed spending an afternoon completing this hike with my fianc and a friend! Once you reach Hell's Kitchen, be prepared for the smell to shock you! It's a very strong sulfur smell. The smell is worth it though. It's really cool to see all of the pools of water bubbling! It's definitely a hike I would recommend! The only negative thing I would say though is that the drive to get there is a little confusing! There was a nice gentleman along the road that pointed us in the right direction though :)

This was awsome if your into geo thermal pools and is so close to home....... need to finsh trails in that area.

Beautiful pine forested scenic drive with lakes, mountains waterfalls and steaming vents. Climbed part way up a large cinder cone. Striking colors of some of the lakes, from mineral content?