Lassen Peak

MODERATE 129 reviews

Lassen Peak is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Old Station, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2017 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

hot springs

river

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Tackle the highest peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park and stand atop an active volcano. 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. Mount Lassen is a towering testament to the volcanic origins of this region, and an imposing sight from the trailhead on the shores of Lake Helen. Starting at the parking lot in Lassen National Park, this popular trail makes a steep climb to the summit of Lassen Peak. The hike can be difficult, but the views are well worth the effort. It is truly a worth-while adventure to the top of an active volcano. On the main road through Lassen National Park, a parking lot at the trailhead marks the beginning of the journey. The trail starts at 8500 feet in elevation, and ascend quickly. The high altitude in combination with the steep ascent can make this hike difficult, but the trail is relatively short, a mere 2.5 miles in each direction. There no trees to shade the hike, so be prepared for direct sunlight the entire trip. The trail remains a popular destination, because of its spectacular views, and the bragging rights of climbing this active volcano.

hiking
7 hours ago

Completed on 8/19 near sunset
Good workout for only being 2.5 miles to the top. Took me about 1 hour 20minutes to the top. If you're not in shape or don't hike often your probably looking at 2-3hours up. Trail was maintained very well all the way to the top. Basically no snow to hike through except a small patch near the very end on a level surface. Climb the rocks to the true summit and take in a full view of the surrounding area. Too much forest fire smoke to see much past the park, No Shasta views.

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11 hours ago

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1 day ago

Good short hike. I did this yesterday- Aug 18, 2017. Was surprised to find a cemented area at the peak where one can pitch a tent! Not much change in terrain. I think the Brokeoff Mountain Trail had a good amount of change in flora and terrain

hiking
1 day ago

Nice challenging attainable hike for most. Really enjoyed the views. Disappointed in the haze due to all the fires. Was told on a clear day you can see Mt Shasta. Wildlife included ravens, butterflies, chipmunks, and grasshoppers. Be sure to start early (before 8am) to avoid the wind and possible afternoon thunderstorms. Early starts also let you enjoy the trail with less traffic. Trail was relatively clear except for a few snow patches.

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8 days ago

We did a pack test last weekend and tackled the peak. The weather was perfect! There was still some snowy spots but the trail is very well maintained! The view from the top was still a little hazy from some local fires but the bitterly migration was so amazing to see! Thousands of orange butterflies everywhere!

10 days ago

Great hike. Lots of families.

10 days ago

4.5 stars. Very well maintained trail with spectacular views. A steady climb the whole way up. Cool informative signs about the animals and region on the way. Orange butterfly's were aplenty. Plenty of snow in Aug. Only reason for not giving 5 stars was Bc the terrain didn't vary much.

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11 days ago

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12 days ago

great trail, well maintained. even with the snow it was a good hike, that isn't too strenuous.

13 days ago

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17 days ago

Great hike and I love the improvements they made to the trail. Once at the summit we took our time and investigated all the volcanic rock and caught the great views. Can be windy but if you hike around you can find a great place that is out of the wind and have lunch.

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18 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views. Took about 2.5 hours round trip at a brisk pace, but was pretty steep/challenging at points given the altitude. Definitely take your time and stop to take photos on the way up.