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.

Take the Reach Higher Trail Challenge!
Pick up a participation brochure at a visitor station and start hiking to burn calories and earn a free commemorative bandana (while supplies last)!

Downloads
Loop Trail Distance handout | Day Hike Guide
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

New!
Expect fallen trees on some park trails
- 6/4/15
A high wind event this winter fell an unprecedented number of trees. It will take all summer to clear trails of downed trees. Please use caution while navigating through the fallen trees and expect trails that have not been cleared to take up to double the time to travel through.

Special Note for Equestrian Riders
Equestrian riders are encouraged to only travel on trails which have been cleared of fallen trees. Please do not off-trail travel. Call 530-595-4480 for the most up-to-date information.

Bear Advisory - Twin Lakes, Juniper Lake, and Butte Lake Areas
At least one bear has obtained food from hikers, which calls for increased caution when traveling through these areas. Bear canisters are highly recommended for travel in these areas, hanging food has been ineffective. Canisters are available for rental from the Lassen Association located in the Loomis Museum or Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center during business hours. Read the bear safety handout to learn more.


Trail
Difficulty Miles (RT)
Condition
PCT 18.3

Open

Southwest Area
Bumpass Hell
** 3.0 Open
Brokeoff Mountain *** 7.0 Open. Afternoon thunderstorms forecasted this week; descend immediately when thunderstorms in area. Learn more about lightning safety.
Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes ** 2.6 Open
Kings Creek Falls ** 3.0 Overlook and cascades section closed (no view of falls). Horse/stock closure near overlook. Use horse trail - fallen trees cleared.
Sifford Lakes
** Open
Lassen Peak *** 5.0 Open.Trekking poles and sturdy hiking boots are recommended. Hikers must stay on the trail. Afternoon thunderstorms forecasted this week; descend immediately when thunderstorms in area. Learn more about lightning safety.
Mill Creek Falls ** 3.8 Open
Ridge Lakes *** 2.0 Open
Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes ** 4.0 Open
Northwest Area

Summit Lake to Cluster/Twin Lakes Loop ** 11

Trail passes through Reading Fire area. Fallen trees cleared from Summit Lake to Upper Twin. Remainder of loop comprises numerous fallen trees. See bear advisory above.

Crags Lake ** 4.2 Some fallen trees
Devastated Area Interpretive Loop * 0.25 Clear
Echo Lake ** 4.4 Open
Lily Pond Nature Trail Loop * .5 Open
Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow ** 2.8 Open
Manzanita Creek ** 7.0 Open
Manzanita Lake * 1.8 Open
Nobles Emigrant Trail *
Fallen trees
Butte Lake Area See bear advisory above
Bathtub Lake Loop ** 0.8 Open
Cinder Cone **(*) 4.0

Open. Afternoon thunderstorms forecasted this week; descend immediately when thunderstorms in area. Learn more about lightning safety.

Prospect Peak *** 6.6 Fallen trees
Butte Lake to Widow Lake
4.5 Fallen trees
Snag Lake Loop 13 Fallen trees
Warner Valley and Juniper Lake Areas See bear advisory above
Boiling Springs Lake ** 3.0 Open
Devils Kitchen ** 4.4 Open
Drake Lake ** 4
Dream Lake Basin * 1 Basin is closed, visitors are encouraged to view the area along the former lake shore.
Terminal Geyser ** 5.8 Open
Horseshoe Lake * 2.8 Some fallen trees
Inspiration Point ** 1.4 Fallen trees
Mount Harkness ** 3.8 Open. Afternoon thunderstorms forecasted this week; descend immediately when thunderstorms in area. Learn more about lightning safety.
 

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.

 

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