Explore the most popular trails near Chester with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

wild flowers

Chester, California Map
1 month ago

Really neat geological activity.

Easy walk and worth checking it out

Go early and you can pull over momentarily for picture opportunities if you are quick! amazing experience!

One thing I didn't realize about Lassen is that there are 5 different areas. i don't think you canaccess all 5 areas from the same entry point. If this is the driving trail I took it is just Mazanita and Summit Lakes areas and the southwest area. All of those trailheads are available

trail running
2 months ago

We didn’t make it to Devils Kitchen because there was a brown bear on the trail about 1/2 mile from the end. It was relatively small but made us concerned there might be a mama bear around. We didn’t see any warnings about bears anywhere at the trailhead or in the map pamphlets (we left a big note though), or from talking to the ranger so we were surprised and bummed to not make it to the destination. We came back and did and an extra loop before going on to do the Boiling Springs Lake loop, which is off of the same trailhead and lovely.

2 months ago

The trail was pretty straightforward and well marked! I would suggest to get there early since Bumpass Hell is closed for the rest of the year; when we were heading back the parking lot was packed!!

Great trail for a family hike. We hiked out, had lunch, saw the hot springs, and then hiked back. The elevation is moderate and our kids, 7, 10 and 12 loved it!

Awesome drive when the road is clear, beautiful lakes, forest, rock outcroppings and views. Lots to see and do. A must drive. Signature hike is the Bumpass Hell hike, with lots of hot springs and pools, volcanic features, and more. Don't forget to take water.

3 months ago

Just as interesting as Bumpass Hell, but without the crowds.

Awesome road...especially on my motorcycle with my best friend of long ago.

Beautiful the whole way. Nice meadow to start, and cool features throughout the trail. Very good signage to follow.

interesting drive to get there. nice, well kept trail. less crowded than the main area of the park. volcanic features were interesting with the stream running through it as well.

Trail is very well marked and fairly easy. The lake is absolutely spectacular- make sure you check it out at the highest vantage point of the loop! The geyser was also super cool. Overall, I definitely recommend this hike!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Started from drakesbad to reach devils kitchen trail
Its. 4 mile in/out trail
Very good and highly trafficked
Same trail used for horseback rides also
The way to drakesbad or warner valley trailhead is good bug last 3 miles are gravel road not cemented

The actual trail starts from drakesbad guest ranch resort..,

Monday, July 31, 2017

Relatively easy hike to Devil's Kitchen, but suggest looping south. Have to cross the river almost waist high. Great solitude on this portion of the trail. Lots to see and hear. Hydrothermal vents and Blue Springs Lake are amazing.

Watch out hot rocks.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lots of mosquitos.

Is the Mount Lassen trail open?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Definitely worth the not very strenuous hike to see the hot springs (steam vents and some boiling puddles). There was still some snow on the trail but only in patches. Other hiker said that they saw a black bear.

was snowing that thay.. but just beautiful views!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The geyser was an interesting sight, but the high light was the trail and all of the wildflowers blooming in early June. Still a great hike if you're already planning on seeing boiling lake.

Geyser at the end wasn't much to see. However the hike was good. Also the boiling lake can be seen on the way to the geyser and that was very cool!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Great hike! Great for beginners and the hot springs at the end are very interesting. The trail is well travelled and easy to follow.

It was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An underrated hike that is accessible from Warner Valley/Drakesbad area of Lassen. Not difficult to find, and trailheads are well marked. Trail is well maintained.
Horse-guided tours from Drakesbad also use this trail and it follows a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail for a short bit. It's an easy hike- 2.1 miles to a neat geothermal part of the park that lets you get pretty up close and personal with some steam vents and mud pots. The water level was low though so I did get to hear so VERY deep rolling boiling noises, but couldn't see it bubbling in spots.
Very low populated trail once you get past the Drakesbad Ranch. The meadow is beautiful and there is a beaver that was hiding along part of the wooden gangplank path. Worth the trip!

scenic driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Beautiful drive and an interesting mountain

Friday, April 12, 2013

Fun hike! I enjoyed spending an afternoon completing this hike with my fianc and a friend! Once you reach Hell's Kitchen, be prepared for the smell to shock you! It's a very strong sulfur smell. The smell is worth it though. It's really cool to see all of the pools of water bubbling! It's definitely a hike I would recommend! The only negative thing I would say though is that the drive to get there is a little confusing! There was a nice gentleman along the road that pointed us in the right direction though :)

Monday, December 05, 2011

This was awsome if your into geo thermal pools and is so close to home....... need to finsh trails in that area.

scenic driving
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beautiful pine forested scenic drive with lakes, mountains waterfalls and steaming vents. Climbed part way up a large cinder cone. Striking colors of some of the lakes, from mineral content?

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