King's Creek Falls to Devil's Kitchen is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Old Station, 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.

DISTANCE
13.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,388 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

lake

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

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.

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3 months ago

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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4 months ago

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Monday, July 03, 2017

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Friday, July 03, 2015