• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

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    Lassen National Park Highway is closed to through traffic. The highway is open to the the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (1 mile inside the southwest entrance) and the Devastated Area (10 miles inside the northwest entrance). Snow removal has begun. More »

Hiking

map of park broke into regions for easy location of hiking trails
Regional Map of Park
 

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers over 150 miles of hiking trails for visitors of levels of ability. Discover the devastation of Lassen Peak's last eruption on the accessible trail at the Devastated Area, explore Lassen's largest hydrothermal area on the Bumpass Hell trail, or spend the day climbing Brokeoff Mountain and enjoy its spectacular panoramic views. Please note that winter conditions often persist late into the summer months, and many trails are not snow free until June or July. View current trail conditions below or call (530) 595-4480 for the most up-to-date information.

Downloads
Loop Trail Distance handout | Day Hike Guide
Lassen Peak Trail Guide: Print version | Viewing version
Devils Kitchen Trail Guide: Print version | Viewing version
Mill Creek Falls Trail Guide: Print version | Viewing version

 

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Difficulty ratings: * Easy | ** Moderate | *** Strenuous


Trail
Difficulty Miles (RT)
Condition
PCT 18.3
Southwest Area
Bumpass Hell
** 3.0 Snow-covered
Brokeoff Mountain *** 7.0 Snow-covered. View photos from January on Flickr.
Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes ** 2.6 Snow-covered
Kings Creek Falls ** 3.0 Snow-covered - Cascades section closed until repairs made, an alternative route is available.
Sifford Lakes
** Snow-covered
Lassen Peak *** 5.0 Snow-covered. Route is open for winter mountaineering - more information
Mill Creek Falls ** 3.8 Snow-covered
Ridge Lakes *** 2.0 Snow-covered
Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes ** 4.0 Snow-covered
Northwest Area

Cluster Lakes Loop ** 11 Snow-covered. Trail passes through Reading Fire area.
Crags Lake ** 4.2 Trail is closed due to fire management work. Anticipated reopening the first week in May. Read about the Northwest Gateway Project.
Devastated Area Interpretive Loop * 0.25 No snow
Echo Lake ** 4.4 Snow-covered
Lily Pond Nature Trail Loop * .5 No snow
Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow ** 2.8 Snow-covered
Manzanita Creek ** 7.0 Trail is closed due to fire management work through May 22.
Manzanita Lake * 1.8 No snow
Nobles Emigrant Trail * Patchy snow.
Butte Lake Area

Bathtub Lake Loop ** 0.8 Unknown
Cinder Cone **(*) 4.0

Unknown

Prospect Peak *** 6.6 Unknown
Butte Lake to Widow Lake
Unknown
Snag Lake Loop Unknown
Warner Valley and Juniper Lake Areas

Boiling Springs Lake ** 3.0 Mostly snow-free
Devils Kitchen ** 4.4 Mostly snow-free
Drake Lake ** 4 Unknown
Dream Lake Basin * 1 Basin is closed, visitors are encouraged to view the area along the former lake shore.
Terminal Geyser ** 5.8 Unknown
Horseshoe Lake * 2.8 Snow-covered
Inspiration Point ** 1.4 Snow-covered
Mount Harkness ** 3.8 Snow-covered
 

Hydrothermal Area Danger
For your safety, stay on established trails and boardwalks. Ground in hydrothermal areas can look solid but may actually be a thin crust hiding pools of acidic boiling water or mud. Traveling off-trail in these areas may result in severe injury. Read more about exploring the park hydrothermal areas.

 

Did You Know?

View of devastated area from Main Park Road.

The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.