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    There will be paving work on the road connecting Chester to the Warner Valley beginning Monday July 21 or Tuesday July 22 and continuing through July. There may be a 30 min. delay for visitors travelling to Warner Valley and Drakesbad.

Hiking the Devils Kitchen Trail

Hikers on the Devils Kitchen trail
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Start: Warner Valley Trailhead
Round Trip Distance: 4.2 miles
Round Trip Time: 2 hours
Elevation: 5,640 ft - 6,040 ft (6,080 high point)
Elevation Change: 440 ft

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Experience Lassen's second largest hydrothermal via a lovely hike through Warner Valley meadows and forest. Along with a number of other hikes, the trail begins at the Warner Valley trailhead. The first 0.4 mile passes through a meadow over small footbridges and boardwalks before crossing Hot Springs Creek. At the first intersection, go right to continue to Devil's Kitchen. Again, a series of footbridges and boardwalks help hikers navigate through marsh and woodlands to the intersection for Dream Lake at 0.6 mile. Go right again and continue towards the meadow. Here the trail then follows Hot Springs Creek before climbing through forest and on into woodland. At the third intersection, turn right for the last 0.9 mile to Devil's Kitchen. A series of rises and dips takes the trail through two seasonal stream crossings before the trail rises a last time to the rim of Devil's Kitchen. Continue the last 0.2 mile downhill to a bridge the crosses milky Hot Springs Creek. Here a loop trail leads hikers through the sense-reviving boiling mudpots, steam vents and boiling springs. Wander among the crackled yellow and red mounds of the kitchen where steam whirls from fiery cracks in the ground, sounds of plopping, hissing and belching fill your ears and the smell of "something" cooking lingers in the air.

The Warner Valley trailhead parking area is located 16 miles northwest of Chester on the Warner Valley Road. From Chester, follow the Feather River Road north 1 mile to a fork for Juniper Lake and Warner Valley. Continue towards Warner Valley/Drakesbad for 15 miles. Bear left onto the dirt road and continue past the Warner Valley Campground to the turnoff for the trailhead.

Did You Know?

john muir posing on rock in black and white photo

John Muir visited Lassen Volcanic National Park and wrote about his experience in the book Mountains of California. "Miles of its flanks are reeking and bubbling with hot springs, many of them so boisterous and sulphurous they seem ever ready to become spouting geysers..."