Volcano Lake & Mountain Mine Trail

HARD 14 reviews
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Volcano Lake & Mountain Mine Trail is a 9.3 kilometer 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.

Distance: 9.3 km Elevation Gain: 450 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly




trail running




1 month ago

This was a great short hike before our planned hike up to the Sierra Butte lookout. The Volcano lake was pristine and the water felt great. We did some rock scrambling around the lake also. I would definitely recommend this hje especially if you are staying at Sardine Lake Campground.

9 months ago

the mile marker from a previous review was super helpful due to no trail markings. the hike to the lake is more moderate than hard, perfect for a short hike. its not maintained road and its rocky. lake is beautiful

10 months ago

The trail is pretty steep for most of the hike. I would rate that part hard. The quality of the trail is good though.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The hike to Volcano lake is more like 4 miles round trip and I would rate this as more of a moderate trail than hard. The hike to the lake is up an unmaintained road. Thanks to the reviewer for the mile marker (622-1) for parking as there are no signs for the lake until you have hiked for a while. The lake is absolutely beautiful and is perfect for a short hike.

Monday, May 28, 2018

We went on this trail late May. The weather is nice. We followed this trail all the way until we could see upper sardine lake. We ended up not hiking down to upper sardine lake because we tought it will take a while and it’s getting a bit late. I really enjoy this trail. The view of the mountains was amazing. Worth every minute.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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.

Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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!

Monday, September 04, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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