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Butte Lake, Cluster Lakes and Cinder Cone Loop

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Butte Lake, Cluster Lakes and Cinder Cone Loop is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Old Station, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Length 20.3 mi Elevation gain 2,746 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Fishing Hiking Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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A moderately trafficked loop trail that combines the best of the Cluster Lakes Loop trail and the Butte Lake - Snag Lake - Cinder Cone Loop Trail. It's best traveled from June to early October. It makes a fantastic overnight backpacking trip. It's relatively easy, since there's not a lot of elevation gain. But the distance may intimidate some. When near the cinder cone and fields, ensure you stay on the trail at all times. The ascent of the cinder cone is by far the most difficult section of the hike.

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Matthew Yahes
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Hiking

Did cinder cone. Easy going until cone then decently hard. Go in the am as early as possible. Gets very hot. Worth the effort.

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Michael Riley
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Lassen Volcanic National Park has some of the best backpacking around. My son and I did this trip over Labor Day weekend. We headed out Friday night planning on staying at Echo Lake, not knowing there was no camping allowed there. Pressing on in the dark we found a place to camp a short distance from Echo Lake. The next day was a short hike to Rainbow Lake, where a day hike to Cinder Cone is totally doable. However, bring plenty of water and snacks since there is no water on the trail. It's about seven miles round trip from Rainbow lake, and the hike up Cinder Cone is gnarly. From Rainbow Lake the trail to Big Bear and Little Bear lakes is partially in a burn scar, but the lakes along the way totally make up for it. A relaxing night at Little Bear Lake will be well earned after the hiking from the day before.

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Greg Longo
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Backpacking
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Tori Marsh
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Hiking
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Jordan Pailthorpe
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Jonathan Nutzmann
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Alexander Wang
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Sharon Nahill
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