King's Creek Falls to Devil's Kitchen is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Creek, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length13.6 miElevation gain2,388 ftRoute typeLoop
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Lassen Volcanic National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. During the winter (Dec 1 - Apr 15), entrance fees are $10. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. This hike is strenuous, especially on the continuous incline of the return trip, but it is absolutely gorgeous. This is a great tour of some of the best habitats and natural phenomena that Lassen has to offer. The hike starts off with several smaller and one massive waterfall in Kings Creek. Some of the best views are also early in the trip. The other fantastic view you get will be right before the switchbacks descending into the Warner Valley. The path to the valley are mostly wooded with large fields of low lying manzanita plants. Once in the Warner Valley Campground, you can take the opportunity to refill water at spigots by camp sites. You can also jump into the ice cold river running just south of the campsite. Great to cool off in the mid-summer heat. Then proceed to check out the bubbling thermal springs of Devil's Kitchen. There is a small 2-mile additional leg you may choose to take to see the "Boiling Lake" by the Warner Valley Campground. Then refill water once more before the return trip home.

- It is possible for some or all of the hike to be snow-covered during the winter months. - Warner Valley Campground has both water and bathrooms available at roughly the halfway point of this trip. Make sure to refill water before the grueling return portion of the trip. - The cold river by the campground is great to take a dip in if you need to cool off. - Keep an eye out for bears around the Warner Valley area. They can be common especially between Devil's Kitchen and the Camground. - This trail is frequented by many horses, so keep an eye out for droppings along the route, if you would like to keep your shoes clean. (especially in the Warner Valley).

Park at any of the road spots near the Kings Creek Trailhead.

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Kate Jackson
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Fine trail, lovely meadows w views of Mt Harkness and perhaps Lassen if not cloudy. Underwhelming volcanic features well hidden in the woods. Would really benefit from interpretive signage signs or booklet.

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S Ahn
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Peter Kehr
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Good trail but route leaves a little to be desired. This hike will leave all your vertical gain - and it’s a good amount - until the end. The scenery really gets good at Warner valley and devils kitchen, but that area is accessible via car. If you want to do devils kitchen, I’d recommend parking at Warner valley. That way you can do devils kitchen and the terminal geyser as linked/paired day hikes that are rewarding and avoid the vertical gain of this one

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Jessica Siao
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Trail was very hard to find in the start because all the snow covered it,but we were able to connect with a couple who had Gaia GPS with the trail all mapped out which really helped so we followed them and was able to find the main trailhead after half a mile of snowy,hard to find trail.After the snow clears out and there’s no more until the falls which was very beautiful!The hike was about 4-5mi total out and back.So follow someone with gps coordinates or have a gps yourself to make it easier until the snow melts!Parking right at the sign Kings Creek,we parked along the street plenty of parking but it got pretty full when we finished

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Guillaume Peronnet
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The trail is covered with snow since the start. We did the Manzanita Creek trail instead.

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Stephen Diebold
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The return trip is a doozy with much of the elevation gain in that portion. (Especially in the switchbacks coming up from the campground.) But the views are outstanding and you get to see several different natural habitats of rocky cliffs up high, highland grasses and fields, wooded hillsides, geothermal springs, and low lying marshes in the valley.

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Skaria Roy
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Charlwit Kulchaiyawat
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Natalia Lunova
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Sarah Dey
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Ryan Jukes
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Guillaume Peronnet
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Mariana Gallardo
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Mitsuo Watanabe
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Avi R
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