• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

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Hiking Devastated Area Interpretive Trail

Start: Devastated parking area
Round Trip Distance: 0.5 mile
Round Trip Time: 30 minutes
Terrain: Paved loop (wheelchair accessible)
Elevation Change: 0 ft
Elevation: 6,470 ft


Offering excellent views of the east side of Lassen Peak, this easy walk introduces visitors to effects of the Lassen Peak eruptions. A short ways in, the trail forks and can be followed in either direction. Wandering through pink and gray lava rocks, interpretive plaques along the trail describe the creation of the devastated area and the remnants it left behind. This short, informative trail is an excellent choice for families or those unable to take longer trails.

The Devastated Area parking area is located on the park road 19.1 miles from the southwest entrance or 9.7 miles from the northwest entrance. The marked trailhead begins in front of the restrooms on the east side of the parking area.

Did You Know?

reddish color microscopic snow alage

The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.