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Beautiful day for a hike through old forests, meadows, along a stream, and to the final destination where the geothermal activity occurs. The final spot really is like being on another world. Didn't see any bears (or deer for that matter). The final three miles off the pavement has some pretty washboardy areas for a small vehicle like ours. Loved the hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Best hike in Zion. The terrain, forrest, meadows, and streams make it all worth it to begin with, THEN you make it to an area that transports you to another planet. The colors, the steam vents, the boiling pits, everything is astounding. I had trouble leaving because my eyes just couldn't get enough of it. Its more than worth the extra gas to the southeastern area. Also, dont trust the park paper...go to Chester, turn left at the pizza place, then keep going down the eventual dirt road. If you follow the signs for Drakesbad and just keep going even when youre unsure, you'll make it. its way past the paper's stated 12.5 miles.

Great hike, very scenic. We saw the black bear standing on the trail 25' to 30' feet in front of us on the way back.

25 days ago

Beautiful hike and easy going.

Like Soph we came across a brown bear and at least two cubs less than a quarter mile from Devil's Kitchen. They were less than 10 yards from the trail. A reminder to be very bear aware in that area.

Beautiful hike, lots of wildlife along the way.

hiking
2 months 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
3 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

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..,

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Lots of mosquitos.

Is the Mount Lassen trail open?

hiking
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!

hiking
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!

hiking
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

hiking
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

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