Volcano Lake & Mountain Mine Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Volcano Lake & Mountain Mine Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra City, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.8 miles
1476 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




trail running




5 months ago

the destination is gorgeous, the trail is a gravel road with only a tiny bit of single trail. it's an uphill climb but not to fear it, the rocks are a little inconvenient especially coming down but i wouldn't have rated it a 'hard' unless you're a beginner or have unstable companions. it's short enough to volcano Lake so we found another trail to add to our day. we encountered no snow on this trail in Nov 25, 2017.

9 months ago

Volcano Lake is a lovely gem. This time we hiked the rest of the rocky road to Mountain Mine. Not much evidence of a mine but the views were beautiful.

9 months ago

Volcano lake is a beautiful prize after an uphill climb!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Parking for this trailhead can be found at marker 622-1 on the turnoff that normally takes your to Packer Lake. There is a ford at the beginning of this hike. We chose to carry some sandals so that we could walk across the water that was up to our shins in some areas, but for those who don't there is a 15-20 foot fallen down tree on the right of it that you could walk upon. Make sure you have good balance. We went in July and the water level was fine but I can imagine that it would be much stronger and higher during early spring. Its all uphill until you reach the end and it offers a spectacular view of the Sierra Buttes. On the way back, we picnicked on the rocky shore of Volcano Lake. A great little spot. We really enjoyed this hike!

8 months ago

10 months ago

Tuesday, August 16, 2016