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

Last updated June 8, 2018
Trail Difficulty Miles (RT) Condition
PCT
(17 miles through the park)
18.3 Partially snow-covered and downed trees
Southwest Area
Bumpass Hell ** 3.0 Snow-covered - Trail, boardwalk, and basin are closed for a multi-year rehabilitation project.
Brokeoff Mountain *** 7.0 Trekking poles with baskets, deep treaded waterproof hiking boots, and gaiters highly recommended to safely traverse snow-covered sections on the trail. Sinking through snow up to two feet. Fallen trees. Difficult trailfinding, not recommended unless very familiar with the trail.
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-free
Sifford Lakes ** Snow-free
Lassen Peak *** 5.0 Snow at the beginning third of the trail, snow-free middle section,and snoy covered at the top.
Mill Creek Falls ** 3.8 snow-free
Ridge Lakes *** 2.0 Patchy snow
Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes ** 4.0 Snow-covered
Northwest Area
Summit Lake to Cluster/Twin Lakes Loop ** 11 Snow-free. 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 -free
Devastated Area Interpretive Loop * 0.25 Snow-free
Echo Lake ** 4.4 Snow-free
Lily Pond Nature Trail Loop * .5 Snow-free
Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow ** 2.8 Snow-free
Manzanita Creek ** 7.0 Snow-free
Manzanita Lake * 1.8 Snow-free
Nobles Emigrant Trail * 3.5 Snow-free
Butte Lake Area See bear advisory above
Bathtub Lake Loop ** 0.8 snow-free
Cinder Cone **(*) 4.0 Snow-free
Learn more about lightning safety
Prospect Peak *** 6.6 Snow -free
Butte Lake to Widow Lake 4.5 Snow-free
Snag Lake Loop 13 snow-free, downed trees likely - See bear advisory above
Warner Valley and Juniper Lake Areas See bear advisory above
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 snow-free - See limite parking above
Dream Lake Basin * 1 snow-free - See limited parking above
Terminal Geyser ** 5.8 snow-free - See limited parking above
Horseshoe Lake * 2.8 Unknown - See bear advisory above
Inspiration Point ** 1.4 Unknown
Mount Harkness ** 3.8 Unknown- Learn more about lightning safety.
 
 
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