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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.

Amazing hike though the final part hiking up the cinder cone is is very steep (I think a ranger said it gains 700 ft in .5 miles). Definitely worth it though, just bring lots of water and prepare to get a bit dusty.

Definitely worth the not very strenuous hike to see the hot springs (steam vents and some boiling puddles). There was still some snow on the trail but only in patches. Other hiker said that they saw a black bear.

5 days ago

Hiked this on 6/18/17, Lots of snow after halfway up. Snowshoes or crampons would have been nice, or at least a ski pole. Great temps, would love to go when there is less snow to see the meadows.

June 12th 2017
The trailhead wasn't as easy to see as most other trails. The sign was quite small.
We hiked this trail when the park was still only partially open but there was only a little snow left on Chaos Craig's. The hike to the little crater lake was lovely. It took us about 1h 15min and was more on the easy moderate side. The forest wasn't cleaned up very well yet but that didn't bother us. Nature was gorgeous and the little crater lake was lovely. The water was very clear and ice cold. Technically you're not supposed to hike up to the mountain top because of all the loose gravel. Since there were still some snow patches the ground was a little wet in certain parts which actually helped us get up to the first rock formation. We were able to see Mount Shasta from there but we didn't go further up because the gravel was quite loose. I imagine that it would be much easier to get up there when the ground is much wetter from the snow. Maybe right after the park first opens after the winter break. The views must be breathtaking on the summit.

scenic driving
10 days ago

furthest point allowed to drive to as of 6/11/17... you can walk the rest of the road bed but undrivable until trees and rocks are removed... i walked about 2 miles up to near Bumpass Hell... pretty sure any offroad hiking must use snowshoes as there is still many feet of snow pack

Had snow on parts of the trail which made it more difficult than normal, but the effort is always worth the hike!

Nice short trail to stretch your legs. Excellent reflections of Mt. Lassen, so definitely worth the short stroll for photos in the morning, or at sunset before or after a longer day hike in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Very nice and easy trail. We did this trail after setting up camp in the nearby campground within Lassen Volcanic National Park. It was nice to stretch our legs and get beautiful views of Lassen Peak reflecting in the lakes. The trail is mostly shaded and has no noticeable elevation change. If it is not busy with other hikers, you will definitely encounter chipmunks and birds.

Lovely trail. The trail descends into a canyon where you come upon a beautiful Kings Creek Falls, which carves into shiny black igneous rock.

While the hike is short, it does have some challenging elevation changes. We completed this trail while camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

20 days ago

Unbeatable views along the trail and at the peak. On a clear day, nice views of Mount Shasta.

It is completely exposed, so best to do in early-mid summer, given the heat and high elevation at the trailhead. We did the hike in July and there were areas where we had to hike across snow to continue up to the peak. It was nice because it wasn't too hot. Bring a sweater/pullover for the peak - it is chilly up there. The peak was covered in snow in mid-July.

There are no services along the trail. While it is a short distance, it takes awhile to get to the peak given the elevation change, and the elevation at the trailhead.

We did this hike while camping in Lassen National Park. Nothing beats the nighttime sky in these parts.

23 days ago

A pretty trail but due to wildfire at some point there are a bunch of burnt and fallen/falling trees, many of which get in the way of the trail and makes it seem pretty dangerous. The trail seems pretty poorly maintained, though as we were leaving a group of 5 people or so were coming in with axes and saws, so maybe it's just a bit too early in the season for them to have cleaned it up yet.

on Bumpass Hell Trail

26 days ago