Explore the most popular birding trails in Lassen National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

Quick little hike into a fantastic lava tube! Plenty of area in the pitch black. I did this alone and was lucky to be the only one in the cave. Super easy to get around (no debris or rocks to hike through or over), but the floor is a bit uneven, so keep some light lowered as you go and dont get too confident in the dark. Make sure you explore all the alcoves and keep heading back to the actual exit. Great fun, free, and so so easy!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike! While not located in the NP, it’s worth the drive to see this unique hike! It’s a lava tube and pitch black dark once you get inside. If you have a head torch you will be fine just watch your steps as the ground is very uneven. Once out the other side you can walk around more trail above ground before going back down and through to the parking area.
Hiked on Thursday 9/6/18.

Great hike

our trail was 10 miles long all paved. good stroll on a beautiful Sept day!

3 months ago

No access to trailhead indicated in the app. 9 miles in from 89, unpaved, rocky, bumpy & narrow. Parked at hairpin where road is blocked off. Took hiking trail (not the road) from there. Homer Lake is 2 miles in, but trail a bit overgrown with thorny bushes. Lake is pretty.

Have always loved this hike. Not as easy as it used to be since the big fire that went through it a few years ago, but it is still a beautiful hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I would love to find those responsible for spray painting the walls. they should serve jail time. the hike is easy and short.

great hike, but hard seeing all the burn areas. rarely used, compared to the past. fish in lakes, mostly smaller with a few surprises. lots of wildlife, and established campsites.

We often bring friends and family, especially kids. At 6'2" I will bump my head on the ceiling in places, and. looking up you'll trip on nobby places on floor. The entire walk is slower than the milage indicates and outside part hot and dry in summer, carry water if you bring kids.

So much to see on this one loop!

hiking
4 months ago

Interesting cave. Rough ground to walk on. Be sure to have a good light source. We can check it off our bucket list.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent. Previous reviews say it well. Note: your smart phone flashlight will NOT suffice (unless you like running the risk of stubbing your toes or tripping). Note regarding dogs: a previous reviewer cautioned dog owners regarding tender paws and lava rock. Here's my point of view: if your dog primarily hangs out in the house or on a backyard lawn then you may want to be careful about taking your dog through. The lava rock underfoot is dirt and mud covered, but it does poke out in multiple places and could hurt a tender paw. If your dog regularly walks or hikes with you on varied terrain including cement, gravel, rocks, etc. and you take reasonable precautions about which path your furry friend takes in the cave, you should be fine. My husky walks and hikes frequently; his paw pads had no problem with the cave floor.

walking
5 months ago

What an awesome experience. Bring your flashlights or you won’t make it through!! A short walk up well established steps leads you right to the opening of the cave. Within minutes you are inside the lava tubes. We went early in the morning after a rainstorm and could see water crystals on the roof of the lava tubes. Easy enough for kids but hold their hands because of the rough rocky ground. Definitely a must stop if in the area

5 months ago

slight up hill. fishing is good. disappointed to see it's mostly burnt.

Short trail very dark inside bring flashlight and good shoes i would not bring a dog sharp lava beds on floor in many aread2

hiking
7 months ago

The children and I love this dark hike through the lava tube! Everyone did well with their own headlamps, as the floor is quite uneven.

Took a boy scout troop hiking down to the falls. It's a pretty short hike, but the trail keeps going downstream for quite a ways. We followed it for another mile past the falls before turning back. The creek was roaring with all the rain and snow this month -- a great time to see the falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy hike. Amazing how dark it is inside. I love introducing people to the cave.

the trail was really beautiful. Just like the other reviews, youll see the yellow and brown trail marker across the road from the parking area, close to the bridge. the trail is sketchy in some areas as there was loose gravel and rock, but an overall beautiful hike near the creek. There is a lot to see going along. I was a little disappointed at the end at the falls, there is a fish ladder to gelp the salmon up the stream. A bit of an eye sore, but the falls were beautiful. No real trail marker at the end of the hike except a bench.

Beautiful and well-maintained right now. Took 4 humans and 5 dogs. Had a blast. Bring a picnic.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Nice fall hike.

hiking
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We climbed the trail on a sunny and breezy day in late October. There were vestiges of snow from the first snow of the winter season a few days earlier. The trailhead is easy to access even with a highway vehicle, although the road is almost entirely gravel. The trail itself is continuously uphill and becomes steeper as one nears the rim of the crater. It is not difficult, although there is occasional blowdown. There are good views of the Sacramento River valley and the mountains to the west, as well as Lassen Peak about 16 miles to the SSE, especially as one enters the brush zone. Gray Cliff, adjacent to Magee Peak, is steep but not vertical. From the peak, one can see Mt. Shasta and other mountains in the vicinity, although nearby Burney Mountain is obscured by Crater Peak. The latter can be reached by traveling along the rim.

started at the Tamarack trailhead and was a nice easy trail, even in snow.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Easy, paved walk. The hike offers shade and beautiful views of Eagle lake.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fun short hike through a dark cave. VERY IMPORTANT: BRING A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP WITH BATTERIES FULLY CHARGED. It is completely dark in the the cave. There are markers and plaques with info through out the cave. The temperature can be 15F to 20F lower than the outside temperature in the parking lot so you might want a jacket. Highly recommend this hike if your interested in volcanic geology or caves. We loved it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A totally rad place.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Bring a flashlight! Its pitch black and completely fascinating. The ground is pretty uneven, but its spacious enough for a claustrophobic. I didn't even have to duck my head. Worth the stop!

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Worth stopping to do when you are here! Doesn't take long and where else can you walk thru lava tubes!?!

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Very short hike takes you through fairly large lava tubes - only took us 10-20 minutes but very cool experience!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

I've seen the same Bald Eagle in the same spot two years in a row. This is a nice ride along the lake.

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