More than 150 miles of hiking trails provide access to a wide-variety of park features including hydrothermal areas, volcanic peaks, alpine lakes, and mountain meadows. Hiking is the best way to explore Lassen Volcanic Wilderness, a designation afforded to just five percent of America’s public lands. You can enjoy and preserve these wild areas by practicing Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and not contributing to recreation-related impacts in the park including litter, erosion, social trail creation, and food-conditioned wildlife.
Plan Your Hike
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Difficulty ratings: * Easy | ** Moderate | *** Moderately Strenuous | **** Strenous
Last updated: 7/13/20
Hiking in Winter and Early Spring
Trails Are Completely Snow-covered in the Winter Season (December - March)
Hiking in the winter season involves over-the-snow travel. This requires snowshoes, skis, and/or shoe traction-devices. We don't plow or shovel snow from hiking trails. The park highway is not plowed during the winter, so popular trailheads that you can easily access in the summer (like Bumpass Hell or Lassen Peak) are not reachable via car. Learn more about winter activities in the park.
Snow Persists on Trails in the Spring Season (April - June)
Trails in higher elevation areas (Southwest and Juniper Lake) often remain snow-covered well into June or July. Trails in lower elevation areas (Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, and Warner Valley) are the first to become snow-free, which often occurs in May or June. Visitors are encouraged to hike and bike the park highway as plowed section become accessible to non-vehicular use during spring road clearing.
Trails Are Most Accessible in the Summer Season (July - September) and Fall Season (October - November)
Snow can fall as early as October, however it does not usually begin to accumulate until December.
Last updated: July 13, 2020