Chaos Crags Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Old Station, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until December.
Clamber around the rocks of an enormous volcanic rockslide. 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. In geological terms the landscape of Lassen Volcanic National Park is about as young as it gets, and for an example you need look no further than Chaos Crags, a mountain of pink dacite that sprouted from the earth only a thousand years ago. Even more recent was the Chaos Jumbles rockslide - a massive carpet of rock which separated from the mountain and careened down its flanks at speeds over 100mph, devastating the forest below and only coming to rest after spilling up the side of Table Mountain a whole two miles away.
Great, decently easy hike with great views of the crags and a nice lake.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can head up to the top of the crags, but the view is at it's best around halfway up, near a cluster of pine trees. Continuing to go up gets scary fast- the rocks are loose and slippery, and you won't see Lassen unless you make it to the very top. We made it probably 90% up.
Overall, it's a solid hike, but I wouldn't recommend going far up the crags, it wasn't worth it.
This was my first hike while living in Northern California. Amazing, Amazing Views. Speechless. So beautiful. This is one of my most favorites hikes.
It's been a while since I've hiked this one, but we did it as a snowshoe hike once (easily accessible from North side of Lassen) & several times in the summer. If you wait too long, the lake dries up! Nice views along the way.