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.

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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-Resistant Storage Required for Backpackers

Overnight backcountry users must use a container certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) to store food and scented items. View more information on the backpacking permit page.

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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Please Take Note of Safety Precautions - A deep winter snowpack persists in the higher elevation trails throughout the park. Hiking on snowy trails poses potential increase in risk to your safety. If you wish to hike on snow-covered trails, please take the following safety precautions.

  • Use a navigation device such as, a smart phone app with downloaded maps. Or use an In-Reach or Garmin type GPS device and know how to use it.
  • Prepare with warm clothing and flashlights in case caught hiking after dark. Plan your time and return before nightfall.
  • Cell phone coverage is spotty at best, do not rely on cell reception to call for help.
  • To aid in stability on slick, snow-covered ground, traction equipment such as snow shoes or microspikes, and trekking poles is strongly encouraged.

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

Last updated June 21, 2019 - This page will be updated as we recieve information on trail conditions
Trail Difficulty Miles (RT) Condition
PCT
(17 miles through the park)
18.3 First 5.5 miles from the northern boundary are snow free and cleared of fallen trees. First 4 miles from southern bounday are snow free and cleared of fallen trees. Multiple run-off and pool crossings. Remainder 7 miles has varying amounts of snow coverage.
Southwest Area
Elevations range from 6,700 feet to 10,457 feet | as of 6/21, the area is covered with patchy to varying depths of snow.
Bumpass Hell ** 3.0 Snow-covered. Trail is closed for a multi-year rehabilitation project. A 5.2-mile round-trip alternative route provides access to the basin and boardwalk.
Brokeoff Mountain *** 7.0 Mosly snow-covered
Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes ** 2.6 Snow-covered. Alternative route to the Bumpass Hell basin.
Kings Creek Falls ** 3.0 Snow-covered
Sifford Lakes ** Snow-covered
Lassen Peak *** 5.0 First half snow-covered. Second half partially melted. Large snow hills must be traversed to stay on the established route. Walking off the established trail is prohibited. Route is not yet marked. Ice axe, microspikes and trekking poles are recommended. Learn more about lightning safety
Mill Creek Falls ** 3.8 Mostly snow-covered. Microspikes, map, GPS, and navigation skills are highly recommended.
Ridge Lakes *** 2.0 Mostly snow-covered
Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes ** 4.0 Snow-covered
Northwest Area
Elevations range from 5,900 feet to 7,200 feet | as of 6/21 the area is snow-free or patchy to varying depths of snow.
Summit Lake to Cluster/Twin Lakes Loop ** 11 Mostly snow-covered. Trail passes through the 2012 Reading Fire. Dead standing trees can fall without warning. Use caution.
Crags Lake ** 4.2
Snow-free. First mile of trail is cleared of fallen trees.
Devastated Area Interpretive Loop * 0.25 Snow-free
Echo Lake ** 4.4 Mostly snow-covered
Lily Pond Nature Trail Loop * 0.5 snow-free
Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow ** 2.8 First half of trail is snow-free, second half snow-covered
Manzanita Creek ** 7.0 The first two-thirds is snow-free, last third is snow-covered
Manzanita Lake * 1.8 snow-free
Nobles Emigrant Trail * 3.5 snow-free
Butte Lake Area
Elevations range from 6,100 feet to 8,300 feet | as of 6/21 the area is snow-free or patchy to varying depths of snow.
Bathtub Lake Loop ** 0.8 Snow-free
Cinder Cone **(*) 4.0 Snow-free
Learn more about lightning safety
Prospect Peak *** 6.6 Mostly snow-covered
Butte Lake to Widow Lake 4.5 Patchy snow
Snag Lake Loop 13 Patchy snow
Warner Valley and Juniper Lake Areas
Elevations range from 5,600 feet to 8,000 feet | as of 6/21 the area is snow-free or patchy to varying depths of snow.
Boiling Springs Lake ** 3.0 Snow-free - Parking at the Warner Valley Trailhead will be limited this summer due to the temporary Bumpass Hell Trail closure.
Devils Kitchen ** 4.4 Snow-free - See limited parking above
Drake Lake ** 4 Patchy snow - See limited parking above
Dream Lake Basin * 1 Snow-free - See limited parking above
Terminal Geyser ** 5.8 Patchy snow - See limited parking above
Horseshoe Lake * 2.8 Patchy snow
Inspiration Point ** 1.4 Patchy snow
Mount Harkness ** 3.8 Patchy snow - Learn more about lightning safety.
 
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    Last updated: June 21, 2019

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