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Best trails in McArthur

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Looking for a great trail near McArthur, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, lake trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park or Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Cinder Flats State Wildlife Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in McArthur ranging from 12.4 to 23.8 miles and from 6,085 to 8,369 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in McArthur
Top trails (5)
#1 - Butte Lake-Snag Lake-Cinder Cone Loop
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 6 h 24 m
A moderate trail winding around two lakes, Butte and Snag Lakes, through the cinder fields, and up and over the Cinder Cone. This trip makes a great overnight backpacking trip. This a fairly easy hike, with gentle elevation gain around both Butte and Snag Lakes. The trail is well marked, easy to follow, and rarely busy. Once you circle around both lakes, the landscape opens onto the cinder fields. Take note to follow the established trail only in order to minimize impacts on the cinder fields. Travel across the cinder fields and straight up the backside of the the Cinder Cone. This is by far, the most strenuous portion of this trip. Elevation gain up Cinder Cone is only about 800 ft. but hiking up the cinder is like walking in find sand. Make sure to take the time to explore the top of Cinder Cone before decending down the other side and making the roughtly mile hike back to the Butte Lake Campground.Show more
#2 - Juniper Lake, Cinder Cone, Red Cinders Loop
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 23.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
#3 - Butte Lake to Widow Lake
Lassen Volcanic Wilderness
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
Note: As of September 10, 2020, backcountry camping is not allowed along this route due to bear activity. Please check here for more information: https://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm A delightful mix of lakeside, forest and open meadow hiking. The first 1/4 mile is fairy steep. Everything in between is pretty flat. Show more
#4 - Juniper Lake to Butte Lake Loop
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Length: 22 mi • Est. 10 h 53 m
#5 - Lava Springs and Splatter Cone Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
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Length: 19.9 mi • Est. 8 h 23 m