Day 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)!

Day Hike Guide (pdf, 89KB)

 

Trail Notes

Bear Canisters Required for Backpackers

Overnight backcountry users must use a bear canister to store food and scented items. This regulation is in response to increased negative bear and human interactions in the park.
  • Food, toiletries, utensils, cookware, and other food-scented items must be stored in an NPS approved canister when not in use or unattended.
  • NPS approved bear resistant food storage containers include: Backpacker Model 812; BearVault 110b, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500; Bearikade Weekender MKII and Bearikade Expedition (1766 and higher); The Bear Keg; The Bare Boxer Contender (101) and Champ (202); and Lighter 1 Big Daddy and Little Sami.
  • BearVault canisters are available for rent at the Loomis Museum or Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center from 9 am to 5 pm daily.

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.
 

Trail Conditions

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

Last updated April 12, 2018
Trail Difficulty Miles (RT) Condition
PCT
(17 miles through the park)
18.3 Snow-covered
Southwest Area
Bumpass Hell ** 3.0 Snow-covered - Trail, boardwalk, and basin are closed for a multi-year rehabilitation project.
Brokeoff Mountain *** 7.0 Snow-covered
Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes ** 2.6 Snow-covered - Parking will be limited this summer and is anticipated to fill up by mid-morning each day.
Kings Creek Falls ** 3.0 Snow-covered - Cascades section open to one-way traffic (uphill only), use Upper Cascades Trail for downhill access.
Sifford Lakes ** Snow-covered
Lassen Peak *** 5.0 Snow-covered
Mill Creek Falls ** 3.8 Snow-covered
Ridge Lakes *** 2.0 Snow-covered
Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes ** 4.0 Snow-covered
Northwest Area
Summit Lake to Cluster/Twin Lakes Loop ** 11 Snow-covered. Trail passes through the 2012 Reading Fire. Dead standing trees can fall without warning. Use caution. - See bear advisory above.
Crags Lake ** 4.2 Snow-covered
Devastated Area Interpretive Loop * 0.25 Snow-covered
Echo Lake ** 4.4 Snow-covered
Lily Pond Nature Trail Loop * .5 Mostly snow-free
Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow ** 2.8 Snow-covered
Manzanita Creek ** 7.0 Snow-covered
Manzanita Lake * 1.8 Mostly snow-free
Nobles Emigrant Trail * 3.5 Partially snow-free
Butte Lake Area See bear advisory above
Bathtub Lake Loop ** 0.8 Snow-covered
Cinder Cone **(*) 4.0 Snow-covered - Learn more about lightning safety
Prospect Peak *** 6.6 Snow-covered
Butte Lake to Widow Lake 4.5 Snow-covered
Snag Lake Loop 13 Snow-covered. Eastern side of the loop has numerous fallen trees across the trail.- See bear advisory above
Warner Valley and Juniper Lake Areas See bear advisory above
Boiling Springs Lake ** 3.0 Snow-covered - Parking at the Warner Valley Trailhead will be limited this summer due to the temporary Bumpass Hell Trail closure.
Devils Kitchen ** 4.4 Snow-covered - See limited parking above
Drake Lake ** 4 Snow-covered - See limited parking above
Dream Lake Basin * 1 Snow-covered - See limited parking above
Terminal Geyser ** 5.8 Snow-covered - See limited parking above
Horseshoe Lake * 2.8 Snow-covered - See bear advisory above
Inspiration Point ** 1.4 Snow-covered
Mount Harkness ** 3.8 Snow-covered- Learn more about lightning safety.
 

Last updated: April 12, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone:

(530) 595-4480

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