Devil's Kitchen Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Devil's Kitchen Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Chester, California that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

hot springs

wild flowers

wildlife

7 days ago

Started from drakesbad to reach devils kitchen trail
Its. 4 mile in/out trail
Very good and highly trafficked
Same trail used for horseback rides also
The way to drakesbad or warner valley trailhead is good bug last 3 miles are gravel road not cemented

The actual trail starts from drakesbad guest ranch resort..,

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20 days ago

Relatively easy hike to Devil's Kitchen, but suggest looping south. Have to cross the river almost waist high. Great solitude on this portion of the trail. Lots to see and hear. Hydrothermal vents and Blue Springs Lake are amazing.

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22 days ago

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1 month ago

Lots of mosquitos.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Definitely worth the not very strenuous hike to see the hot springs (steam vents and some boiling puddles). There was still some snow on the trail but only in patches. Other hiker said that they saw a black bear.

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2 months ago

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10 months ago

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Great hike! Great for beginners and the hot springs at the end are very interesting. The trail is well travelled and easy to follow.

hiking
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An underrated hike that is accessible from Warner Valley/Drakesbad area of Lassen. Not difficult to find, and trailheads are well marked. Trail is well maintained.
Horse-guided tours from Drakesbad also use this trail and it follows a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail for a short bit. It's an easy hike- 2.1 miles to a neat geothermal part of the park that lets you get pretty up close and personal with some steam vents and mud pots. The water level was low though so I did get to hear so VERY deep rolling boiling noises, but couldn't see it bubbling in spots.
Very low populated trail once you get past the Drakesbad Ranch. The meadow is beautiful and there is a beaver that was hiding along part of the wooden gangplank path. Worth the trip!

hiking
Friday, April 12, 2013

Fun hike! I enjoyed spending an afternoon completing this hike with my fianc and a friend! Once you reach Hell's Kitchen, be prepared for the smell to shock you! It's a very strong sulfur smell. The smell is worth it though. It's really cool to see all of the pools of water bubbling! It's definitely a hike I would recommend! The only negative thing I would say though is that the drive to get there is a little confusing! There was a nice gentleman along the road that pointed us in the right direction though :)

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Monday, December 05, 2011

This was awsome if your into geo thermal pools and is so close to home....... need to finsh trails in that area.