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Best trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California? AllTrails has 57 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 30 moderate trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park ranging from 1 to 32.9 miles and from 5,643 to 8,248 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Lassen Peak is the largest plug dome volcano in the world. The National Park also features shield, cinder dome, and composite volcanos. The National Park has hydrothermal areas, fumaroles, and boiling pools. A vehicle pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Lassen Volcanic National Park is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Road access, services, and activities are limited in the snowy season (approximately November - May). Vehicle Pass $30 Valid for 1-7 days at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Winter Pass $10 Valid for 1-7 days at Lassen Volcanic National Park between December 1 and April 15. Motorcycle Entry Pass $25 Valid for one motorcycle regardless of the amount of passengers. Valid for 7 days at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Individual Entry Pass $15 Per person entrance fee for a visitor traveling on foot, bicycle, or for individuals traveling together in a vehicle as a non-commercial, organized group. Valid for 7 days at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Annual Pass $55 Valid for one year from month of purchase at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Passes may be purchased as park entrance stations mid-May through October. During other times, passes may purchased at park entrance stations on weekends only, or at park headquarters in Mineral midweek. You may also purchase an Annual Pass online or by mail. To order by mail, call (530) 595-6120 or write to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Fee Program, PO Box 100, Mineral, CA 96063. Please include a phone number or email address, shipping address, and the number of passes requested with a check or money order made payable to the National Park Service. Accessibility: For accessible trails and facilities information for those with disabilities or using equipment such as strollers, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Park information
Acreage:
106,372 acres
Contact
(530) 595-4480
Top trails (57)
#1 - Lassen Peak
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
Tackle the highest peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park and stand atop an active volcano. Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it's a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Mount Lassen is a towering testament to the volcanic origins of this region, and an imposing sight from the trailhead on the shores of Lake Helen. Starting at the parking lot in Lassen National Park, this popular trail makes a steep climb to the summit of Lassen Peak. The hike can be difficult, but the views are well worth the effort. It is truly a worth-while adventure to the top of an active volcano. On the main road through Lassen National Park, a parking lot at the trailhead marks the beginning of the journey. The trail starts at 8500 feet in elevation, and ascend quickly. The high altitude in combination with the steep ascent can make this hike difficult, but the trail is relatively short, a mere 2.5 miles in each direction. There no trees to shade the hike, so be prepared for direct sunlight the entire trip. The trail remains a popular destination, because of its spectacular views, and the bragging rights of climbing this active volcano.Show more
#2 - Bumpass Hell Trail
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
Bubbling mud pots, sulfur vents and boiling pools make this trip to hell and back well worth the effort. Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it's a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Sticking to the trail is always recommended, but if you're visiting Bumpass Hell it is a must follow rule. To illustrate the point you have to look no further than the man who discovered these volcanic hotsprings, Kendal Bumpass, who managed to fall in and injure his leg not once but twice, the second time requiring his leg to be amputated! Scare-stories aside, this really is an easy family friendly hike with little in the way of danger as long as you keep the little ones under control.Show more
#3 - Kings Creek Falls Trail
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
#4 - Cinder Cone Nature Trail
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Marvel at Lassen's volcanic landscape from atop the rim of a cinder cone. Located four hours north east of San Francisco, this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it's a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Cinder cones are scattered all around you at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Some are in plain sight and others are overgrown and hidden by forest, but none are more recent and more spectacular than the Cinder Cone that created the Fantastic Lava Beds and the colorful Painted Dunes eleven miles north east of Lassen Peak. This day hikes takes you to the top of Cinder Cone where you can marvel at a landscape transformed by volcanic activity.Show more
#5 - Manzanita Lake Loop
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 48 m
Picturesque Lassen peaks are reflected by the tranquil waters of Manzanita Lake on this short 2 mile loop trail. On a clear day the short and easy 2 mile loop hike around sparkling Manzanita Lake is the perfect introduction to Lassen Volcanic National Park, showcasing as it does some the best features of the park - including the glacier strewn Lassen Peak and the young Chaos Crags massif. In fact it was an enormous rockfall collapse of Chaos Crags which cut off a local creek and created this lake - be sure to check out our Chaos Crags guide for a tour of the rockfall known as Chaos Jumbles. This spot is favored not only by hikers and photographers but also fishing enthusiasts in search of rainbow, brown and brook trout. Thankfully the lake is limited to non-motorized boats, keeping the lakeside relatively quiet. Kayaks can be rented near the boat launch area - check the nearby campground store for details. Situated by the northern entrance of the park, the lake is conveniently located by the historic visitor center and the large Manzanita Creek campground. Noise from the park road does infiltrate the peace of the lake somewhat, but its the price you pay for the convenience.Show more
#6 - Mill Creek Falls Trail
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#7 - Brokeoff Mountain Trail
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
Climb one of the park's best trails to experience the unrivaled views from the summit of Brokeoff Mountain. Located four hours northeast of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it's a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with a passing interest in geology. Many folk head to Lassen Volcanic National Park with a plan to hike Lassen Peak, and for good reason - it's a really good signature hike for the park. However, if you have time to hike only one peak on your travels choose Brokeoff Mountain which affords you some of the best views of the park from the summit, including great ones of Lassen Peak.Show more
#8 - Devil's Kitchen Trail
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
The road leading to this trailhead closes seasonally. If hiking from the closure, add 2 miles one-way to the distance for this hike.Show more
#9 - Cold Boiling Lake Trail to Bumpass Hell Trail
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
Please note: Pets are not permitted on any hiking trail, in the park backcountry (including snow-covered roads or trails), in any body of water, or inside visitor centers or other park facilities. As a national park, Lassen afford special protection to wildlife and habitat. Pets can create conditions that may disturb these protected resources. This route takes you to Bumpass Hell Basin from King's Creek picnic area via Cold Boiling Lake along a beautiful trail with lots of wildflowers and great views. The basin itself is spectacular. The trail is steep, rocky and rough in spots with one particularly tricky creek crossing on a steep, rocky hillside. Hiking poles highly recommended. Show more
#10 - Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
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