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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24 days ago

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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1 month ago

This is a very unique hike! Although not long, it is difficult climbing the portion to the top of Cinder Cone. The volcanic dirt becomes looser and rockier as you get to the top, so it feels like 2 steps forward, 1 step back.

Once you get to the top, you can see beautiful views of Mt Lassen, Snag Lake, and Butte Lake. The inner portion of the Cinder Cone has been hollowed out due to volcanic activity and you can actually walk all the way down if you want to. Although difficult to walk to the top - the views are worth it!

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1 month ago

This was our favorite hike in Lassen because it showcases the unique volcanic side of the park as you literally climb up a dormant volcano! Gorgeous panoramic views of the park - don't miss it!

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1 month ago

Really fun hike. You get to walk in this volcanic sand/soil that is very loose. Walking up the volcano the material is ever looser per say which makes it very taxing but it is definitely worth it. You get great views of Butte Lake and Snag Lake, Lassen Peak, the colored sand dunes and of course the lava fields. Really great place to see if you are in Lassen.

1 month ago

Awesome hike! I would rate it moderate to difficult not because of the distance but due the ground you walk in. It is worth working your way to the top!

1 month ago

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2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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