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

hiking
8 days 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.

hiking
21 days 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

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.

Remarkable, you can see such landscape at nowhere else

on Cinder Cone Nature Trail

1 month 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
5 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.

Went in with low expectations because I assumed it was a treeless hike the whole way. Couldn’t have been more wrong!! Beautiful the whole way. Pretty difficult trek up the cone, but well worth it!! Windy on top, I suggest a wind breaker and good hiking boots.

worth the work to the top! Nice views of Lassen peak and the fantastic lava bed. not your typical hike, not many can say they climbed a volcano, if you go then you can say you did!

This hike is phenomenal and is a must-see for any avid hiker. Go on a week day and you may be one of only a few at the top. The hike up the cone is difficult and requires tenacity as you slide a little with every step. Take hiking poles. Hike early in the warm months if possible. Be sure to hike the entire rim of the cone to experience the stunning views in every direction. The center of the cone wasn't spectacular, so if you are tired, skip it. Descend down the Painted Dunes side of the cone for some great photo opportunities. Also, the winds at the top of the rim can be suddenly strong and gusty (I was knocked over by a strong gust).

This was an introductory three night backpacking trip for my two kids. I couldn't have chosen a better back country trail for their first experience. The trail was beautiful and full of variety and wildlife all the way around, We pretty much camped alone at night as it was mid-week. Our Snag Lake campsite was surrounded by unspoiled forest and plenty of water. Our Silver Lake campsite had very little shade on arrival but was beautiful in a completely different way. You could see a burned-out forest regenerating itself, and the sunrise was spectacular. Plenty of deer at our last campsite in Rainbow Lake, which was so serene. We completed a rough figure 8 starting at Butte Lake, and I kept the mileage low so the kids wouldn't get too worn out. It's relatively flat with some climbing especially up the back of the cinder cone, which we saved for the end of our trip. What a treat! The views of Lassen Peak along with many pristine lakes along this trail are unforgettable!

Went on a three night backpacking trip on this figure-8 loop, had a blast! The lakes are beautiful and pristine, the wildflowers are great, all around wonderful route, and the trails are lightly trafficked (heavily trafficked on weekends near the cinder cone, however). The lakes are really the highlight.

A few hills but nothing extreme, very relaxed and pleasant. Good campsites, frequent access to water, well maintained trails. We also saw a bear! It was cute and ran away when we said hi. We were also glad we brought bear cannisters.

Negatives: Half of the trail is this volcanic sand, which is fine, but can be annoying after a while. Also there is a large burnt out section that runs from Little Bear Lake to just about before the twin lakes. It is interesting at first but not much shade.

Awesome. A hidden gem!

The gravel is tough to walk on. Its two steps forward one step back, but the views up top were worth it. The lake next to the beginning of the trail was beautiful and we wished we would have brought our kayaks.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a very unique hike! Although not long, it is difficult climbing the portion to the top of Cinder Cone. The volcanic dirt becomes looser and rockier as you get to the top, so it feels like 2 steps forward, 1 step back.

Once you get to the top, you can see beautiful views of Mt Lassen, Snag Lake, and Butte Lake. The inner portion of the Cinder Cone has been hollowed out due to volcanic activity and you can actually walk all the way down if you want to. Although difficult to walk to the top - the views are worth it!

Beautiful area. I appeared to be the only hiker out in the wilderness. Lots of dead and down across the trail. hopped over most, but had to crawl or navigate around others.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

This was our favorite hike in Lassen because it showcases the unique volcanic side of the park as you literally climb up a dormant volcano! Gorgeous panoramic views of the park - don't miss it!

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Really fun hike. You get to walk in this volcanic sand/soil that is very loose. Walking up the volcano the material is ever looser per say which makes it very taxing but it is definitely worth it. You get great views of Butte Lake and Snag Lake, Lassen Peak, the colored sand dunes and of course the lava fields. Really great place to see if you are in Lassen.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Awesome hike! I would rate it moderate to difficult not because of the distance but due the ground you walk in. It is worth working your way to the top!

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