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This was a great first backpacking trip to take my friends on! There were great campsites to backpack out to on the beach of Snag Lake. The hardest part for us was the Cinder cone itself at the beginning, as it was steep and very gravelly. For those having trouble, you can go around instead. Most of the trail is pretty well covered, but the forest is not very dense. There is also a really cool marsh area at the southern end that my friends and I enjoyed getting lost in. Highly recommended for novice backpackers!

Fairly crowded for the 4th of July weekend but still enjoyable. We have visited this lake many times as a family and after our relocation to Idaho will miss it very, very much.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike and highly recommend it. Its a first for me going to this park and am very glad I gave it a shot.

Some notes:

1) Bring a bathing suit and water shoes if you can! The lakes are very nice to swim in in the summer and are not nearly as cold as you'd think they are.

2) There is no cell reception within 45 minutes of the park, so make sure you download everything you need to and have a solar charger or battery backup with you.

3) The sand is a real downer but its not the whole way, less than half. Just make sure you are prepared for sun for the sections that are fully exposed. Even in full sun, the breeze makes it very tolerable.

To save on driving I started the walk from Summit Lake and set off clockwise at ~6AM. I'm in reasonable walking shape and hoped to finish in around 8h-8h30 but this took me about 9h15 so do not underestimate it.

This is an outstanding walk that covers a huge variety of different terrain in a very compact walk. Each of the lakes are stunning, particularly in the early morning light and the walk up Cinder Cone is fortunately not too strenuous if you take it slow and steady.

Doing this as a day hike I found the section from Snag Lake to Rainbow Lake to be particularly punishing, in part because it was the middle of the day with some strong sun. If you're also interested in doing this as a day hike and think you won't fully seize up, it may very well be worth taking a long break at Snag Lake to allow the midday sun to pass.

Strongly recommended, the only downside is all the damn sand.

Came in late July 2018. I should have checked the Lassen NPS webcams for air quality/visibility because it was very smokey from the Carr fire and the views were non existent. The air quality site showed "good" conditions.

The road in was bumpy in the middle portion, but nothing my 2WD crossover couldn't handle. My fellow hikers had a Nissan Altima and they did fine. My GPS tried to make me take some sketchy forest roads. I just stayed on the paved road until it ended and veered right.

We paid our $25 fee at the iron Ranger across the road from the ranger station. There's a pit toilet behind he ranger station.

The trail itself was nice. I think its a 1300 foot climb up to the fire look out. I should have brought my hiking poles. Totally spaced on that item. Bring plenty of water and head protection. We visited Dave at the fire look out and he was very nice. He explained how he spots fires. Shortly after we arrived, more guests arrived, making the lookout very crowded.

We did the loop which was about 6 miles for us. The trail down the west side is pretty rocky. Those poles would have been handy and saved my legs. We stopped by the lake and cooled off our feet. Other than the crowded look out, we didn't encounter many hikers.

We'll have to come back when the views are better.

So , awesome views good experience and a great workout. Downsides is it’s far from the main areas of the park also very far down a dirt road which is tough on your car. Very exposed not a lot of shade. No bathrooms nearby they were all closed. This was last year end of July 2017. Cinder means one step forward two steps back but on the bright side it is only .5 miles up the Cinder cone. The views from the top are magnificent though 360 views. This is a definitely a must at least once in your life. How many people can say they’ve climbed a volcano! It was great to have that feeling of accomplishment at the end of it all.

Glad to have hiked a volcano, however, loose gravel the whole way up and sand path on the way to and from the volcano. Good calf workout but not the most enjoyable hike we did in the park!

Nice hike, probably a 4 star hike in general but being able to go in the fire lookout and visit with the residents and learn about living up there easily made it a 5 star experience! My 8 and 3 year olds loved visiting the lookout and my 3 year old even begged for me to take her back up there later in the day!

Great hike, awesome view of Lake Juniper at the top!

The meadows near the top were amazing. Lots of open grass meadows with wildflowers. There was no water along the trail but plenty of shade until you reach the final .5 km climb.

The fire watch station was staffed with volunteers who were very friendly. You can see great views of Brokeoff Mountain, Lassen Peak, and Cinder cone from the firewatch station.

If you loop back down the side of the trail that goes along the lake, there is a ton of volcanic rocks along the entire descent. It isn't too difficult but it is a long, gradual descent full with lots of rocks on the trail.

The road into Mount Harkness is pretty rough if you are traveling in a car. it is really steep with a lot of rocks.

Be sure to take a dip in Lake Juniper after your hike! There is parking at the end of the road, and a small beach area near the parking lot. The water in Lake Juniper is so clean, such a beautiful lake!

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1 month ago

Amazing!

The hike from the bottom of the cone to the top is a little hard because of the gravel. Took me 30 mins to hike up and less than 10 mins down. The experience of walking inside a volcano was exhilarating. Bring lots of water since there is no shade along the hike.

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1 month ago

I did this hike this weekend with my mom, sister (age 11) and son (age 4). I would say the first part of the trail is easy/moderate (due to the terrain) and then climbing up to the peak is hard. It was pretty at the top even with the smoke but I would not do this hike again and did not actually enjoy it (and I hike A LOT). Mainly because of the terrain you have to walk on. When you are headed up, you take a step forward just to slide back. With all that being said though we made it to the top and into the crater. It is nice (and a cool experience) when you get up there and I am happy we did it since we were there but wouldn’t do again.

one my all time favorite hikes.. top 5 easy ... start early take your time , pack lunch , snacks plenty water ... I recommend starting out on the cinder cone trail , hike the cone first gives u a great view of your hike to come , and gets the blood pumping lol .. rest is for most part easy miles , rolls along the volcanic edge then , around snag lake , great lunch spot , and swim .. then u leave snag and trail climbs some small hills of awesome pine forests , likely see or hear bear , I always do .. then u slowly drop dwn to butte lake , where the trail again lazily follows the waters edge , by time your feeling the miles your rounding the head of butte lake and u knw your almost back ... great mix of beauty , scenery , wildlife and that happy tired feeling after a long day .. well enjoyed

great moderate hike , good steady up hill all the way to the top .. amazing 360 views , trail ends at North side , but can continue around peak for views of all directions .. cell service to for u junkies lol .. I recommend adding the cone into this hike after your descent , .. I recommend adding the cone to any hike at butte hahhaa

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2 months ago

Just go slow up the cone itself - take breaks every 25-30 meters to turn around and look at the amazing view. Husband and I did it on a whim - not experienced hikers and not used to the elevation (we live at 30’ about sea level). Took about 38 minutes to amble from parking lot to cone and then 30 minutes to slow climb up it. Spectacular views. Was windy and cold up there. Would do again. Fantastic.

absolutely love this hike!! , its more like 4 miles round trip ,1/5 mile of CONE lol feels like more tho haha.. the cone is tough at times to keep good footing , just keep a steady pace and dnt look up lol , and you'll make it.. under 15 min no breaks for me but everyone has there pace ..I find that stepping in the footsteps of others helps , slightly more compacted .. be safe enjoy , and please stick to the trail , help maintain the preserved beauty of this amazing place .. get up and get out there !!

Definitely worth the hike up. The views were awesome. Probably one of the toughest hikes to do is up steep terrain with lava rock as your treading but made it to the top. Did this hike yesterday. Weather was perfect. This park is gorgeous and all the lakes and white peaked mountains were stunning. Will definitely return.

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2 months ago

We agree with Bill's review below. This trail should be rated Hard, not Moderate. We did this trail after going up Cinder Cone in the morning. Prospect Peak is relentless in upslope and really makes you work for the last 200m of elevation gain to get to the peak plateau. I was more beat on this summit than any other trail in recent memory. This year alone our prior toughest tracks were Guadalupe Peak due to the terrain, Upper Yosemite Falls and Point, and Observation Point in Zion. We are day trekkers only but we think most users on AllTrails are as well. Nice views at the peak of Lassen and surrounds as well as Shasta. This is no Moderate rated track. Our 4* rating means that we are glad we did it, would recommend others to do it, but would not do it again.

Remarkable, you can see such landscape at nowhere else

Stunning hike through fields of wildflowers. Most of the hike is flat so it’s an easy stroll along the lake.

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2 months ago

2018/05/27

Hiked on 5/12. The 6 mile dirt road is fine, as long as you drive slow. My sedan handled it just fine. First mile and change goes through the forest until you reach the cone. I took a lot of breaks, but it’s still very doable. Views from the top are very unique.

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4 months ago

It is difficult walking on an incline of cinders, but it is interesting to be in this type of volcano. The view at the rim is great.

beautiful place!!!!

Great trail with amazing views. especially if short on time.

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6 months ago

Good short hike but kinda out of the way from most of the park. It's worth it if you have a few days to spend at Lassen NP. Going up is not as easy as it looks though. Just take your time and you'll get there and be rewarded with spectacular views.

Amazingly difficult, two steps forward and one back... but the views are to great not to take those steps! Poles do help!

this is my favorite trail in the park...an important note though - dogs are NOT ALLOWED ON THIS TRAIL. There are zero dog friendly trails in the national park and you can be fined for it.

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