Explore the most popular walking 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.

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

hiking
6 days ago

We may need to invest in a satellite GPS because we never made it. (How do you give stars for something you didn't find?) Here's what we can tell you: At least the last hour of travel will be on back country dirt roads. There are a number of forks and very few signs. Our sedan handled it ok, but you would probably be more comfortable in a 4X4. We ended up just hiking one of the logging roads. It is absolutely gorgeous country with wild flower strewn meadows, pine forest, and it was quiet enough to hear the wings of the hundreds of butterflies.

9 days 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
2 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
5 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.

Nice fall hike.

hiking
7 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.

A totally rad place.

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
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

Great trail! Will definitely bring the family back for some hiking and swimming later in the summer as the water is ice cold right now. Some other reviewers wrote that the trail wasn't passable due to downed trees. It is important to ensure you are on the right trail. The trailhead is actually across the highway from the parking area, next to the bridge. It is marked, but you can't easily see the sign from the parking area. If you take the trail next to the blank wooden sign in the parking area, it is indeed impassable with downed trees. Happy hiking!

Thia is a trail great for a weekend hike also a great hike for beginners, nice view of Walker lake or Mountain Meadows Reservoir, (whatever you wish to call it) by Westwood

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nice short stop to cool off and stretch your legs.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Easy, some nice views of Mt Lassen.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Bring a good light! An awesome trail with some rough footing. Amazing lava cave. Everyone should go to experience this geologic trip.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Nice trail with some elevation. Interesting interpretive trail about local geology. Map is online but maybe available at the trail head.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nice easy hike with stops featuring volcanic formations (the coolest one's are 10 and 11 which are off a little spur at some point during the loop). The trail is clearly marked and has a good amount of variety. Worth the stop if you're in the area.

The GPS leads you directly to a parking area near a bridge. There is a trail head just on the other side of this bridge. We were with a big group and the trail we found had lots of down limbs and was not ideal for families. Several miles up highway 32 there is a deer creek falls sign. Not sure if that is a different trail or not. But that is several miles from where these directions lead you.

Monday, May 29, 2017

bring my lights!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fun and informative. Could use a sign or two on the trail back to the parking lot.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Great hike with our 5 year old. Cool facts and info about the volcanic geography along the way. Good, easy hike.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Trail was easy to follow and well groomed with nice views of the creek. The creek was very full and water was flowing quickly downstream. It was a great hike with our two dogs!

walking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fun spot be sure to bring a flashlight during winter you can see large icicles in the caves but it can be slick. Great place for kids.

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