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
Day Hike Guide
Devils Kitchen Trail Guide: Printing version | Viewing version
Mill Creek Falls Trail Guide: Printing version | Viewing version
Lassen Peak Trail Guide: Printing version | Viewing version
Bumpass Hell Trail Guide: Printing version | Viewing version
Brokeoff Mountain Trail Guide: Printing version | Viewing version

 
Trail Notes
New! 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.
  • Read the bear safety handout for more information.

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.

Mountain Lion Advisory
Sightings have been reported on the Manzanita Lake and Brokeoff Mountain Trails. Please exercise caution in this areas, especially at dawn and dusk. Learn more about mountain lion 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.
 

Trail Conditions

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

Last updated July 11, 2017
Trail Difficulty Miles (RT) Condition
PCT
(17 miles through the park)
18.3 Snow melt has created deep water crossings with some being waist deep. USE CAUTION! From the northern Park boundary through Badger Flat and to around the Soap Lake area has been cleared of fallen trees.
Southwest Area
Bumpass Hell ** 3.0 Trail and basin are closed due to hazardous snow conditions. Anticipated opening in late-July. Consider Sulphur Works or Warner Valley hydrothermal areas as alternatives.
Brokeoff Mountain *** 7.0 30% snow coverage in the middle section of the hike. Micro spikes and trekking poles are advised
Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes ** 2.6 Snow-covered
Kings Creek Falls ** 3.0 Snow-covered. Hikers must travel to the falls via the horse trail. Cascades section is closed due to trail maintenance. Alert! Safety railings have been removed from the overlook for the winter season; exercise caution in this area.
Sifford Lakes ** Snow-covered
Lassen Peak *** 5.0 First half of trail is snow-covered and difficult to navigate. Microspikes and trekking poles are advised.
Mill Creek Falls ** 3.8 Clear
Ridge Lakes *** 2.0 Top 40% of trail is snow-covered and difficult to find. Microspikes and trekking poles are advised.
Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes ** 4.0 Snow-covered
Northwest Area
Summit Lake to Cluster/Twin Lakes Loop ** 11 Mostly snow-free, fallen trees - See bear advisory above.
Crags Lake ** 4.2 Clear
Devastated Area Interpretive Loop * 0.25 Clear
Echo Lake ** 4.4 No Snow
Lily Pond Nature Trail Loop * .5 Clear
Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow ** 2.8 No snow
Manzanita Creek ** 7.0 No snow, a few fallen trees
Manzanita Lake * 1.8 Clear
Nobles Emigrant Trail * 3.5 Clear from park entrance to park highway (3.5 miles). From Hat lake north is clear. Trees cleared from Cinder Cone to it's union with the PCT. Snow melt has created deep water crossings with some being waist deep. USE CAUTION!
Butte Lake Area See bear advisory above
Bathtub Lake Loop ** 0.8 Clear
Cinder Cone **(*) 4.0 Clear Learn more about lightning safety.
Prospect Peak *** 6.6 No snow
Butte Lake to Widow Lake 4.5 No snow
Snag Lake Loop 13 No snow- See bear advisory above
Warner Valley and Juniper Lake Areas See bear advisory above
Boiling Springs Lake ** 3.0 Clear
Devils Kitchen ** 4.4 Clear
Drake Lake ** 4 Fallen trees
Dream Lake Basin * 1 Fallen Trees
Terminal Geyser ** 5.8 Clear
Horseshoe Lake * 2.8 Fallen Trees - See bear advisory above
Inspiration Point ** 1.4 No Snow
Mount Harkness ** 3.8 Patches of snow- Learn more about lightning safety.
 

Last updated: July 16, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone:

(530) 595-4480

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