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    Lassen Volcanic

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Hiking Ridge Lakes Trail

view of grey boiling springs lake with caked mud surrounding shore

Start: Sulphur Works parking area
Round Trip Distance: 2.0 miles
Round Trip Time: 1 - 1.5 hours
Elevation Change: 1,045 feet
Elevation: 6,955 ft - 8,000 ft

 

This steep climb up a forested ridge rewards hikers with two small alpine lakes cradled in a basin between Brokeoff Mountain and Mount Diller. The beginning of the trail winds through ferns, grasses and wildflowers including Mules Ear, Indian Paintbrush and Lupine. Stops along the way provide glimpses of the Sulphur Works hydrothermal area and Sulphur Creek. The trail then switchbacks through forest before following a ravine up to the lake basin. Good views of Mount Diller can be seen along the way. Although challenging, this hike offers visitors an opportunity to experience Lassen's alpine terrain in a short hike.

The Sulphur Works parking area is located 1.1 miles past the southwest entrance on the park road. The marked trailhead is located on the north side of the parking area next to the restrooms. Food and water are available at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center 1 mile south on the park road.

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.