Cinder Cone Nature Trail

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Cinder Cone Nature Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Westwood, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1115 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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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. Our five and a half mile day hikes takes you to the top of Cinder Cone where you can marvel at a landscape transformed by volcanic activity. Elevation gain: - 800ft (from 6,140 - 6,820ft)

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Went in with low expectations because I assumed it was a treeless hike the whole way. Couldn’t have been more wrong!! Beautiful the whole way. Pretty difficult trek up the cone, but well worth it!! Windy on top, I suggest a wind breaker and good hiking boots.

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worth the work to the top! Nice views of Lassen peak and the fantastic lava bed. not your typical hike, not many can say they climbed a volcano, if you go then you can say you did!

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This hike is phenomenal and is a must-see for any avid hiker. Go on a week day and you may be one of only a few at the top. The hike up the cone is difficult and requires tenacity as you slide a little with every step. Take hiking poles. Hike early in the warm months if possible. Be sure to hike the entire rim of the cone to experience the stunning views in every direction. The center of the cone wasn't spectacular, so if you are tired, skip it. Descend down the Painted Dunes side of the cone for some great photo opportunities. Also, the winds at the top of the rim can be suddenly strong and gusty (I was knocked over by a strong gust).

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The gravel is tough to walk on. Its two steps forward one step back, but the views up top were worth it. The lake next to the beginning of the trail was beautiful and we wished we would have brought our kayaks.

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