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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.

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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.

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.

on Cinder Cone Nature Trail

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.

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).

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

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!

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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!

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