Trail Conditions

Season for Summer/Fall Hiking Trails: June - October

This page is updated from June - October.

If looking to explore the park during the months of November - May, which usually involves winter conditions, please refer to the Oversnow Route Conditions page, which gives ideas for recreation in winter or spring. Most hiking trails remain snow-covered into May/June and sometimes July. Trails are not cleared or plowed of winter snow accumulation. Trails melt out naturally.

When selecting a trail, please consider:

  • Pets are not permitted on park trails, including in carriers.
  • Bear Spray is not permitted in the park, including while hiking on trails.
  • Trail conditions are updated when available. We welcome your trail reports by email to lavo_information@nps.gov.
  • Many trails are not accessible until the highway or road is cleared of snow in the spring. View the status of roads or spring road clearing operations (March - June).
  • Hiking in the park involves risk. Learn more about reducing risk when hiking at high-elevation in a remote area.
  • View oversnow route conditions for recreation in winter or spring. Snow recreation is best approximately November through April.
 

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Difficulty ratings: * Easy | ** Moderate | *** Moderately Strenuous | **** Strenuous
P - Parking limited | K - Good for kids | B - Busy/popular | N - Part of a National Trail | I - Self-guided interpretive trail

Last updated: 7/24/2021

This page is only updated with changing conditions, typically starting as early as April or as late as June as snow begins to melt until all trails become snow-free. The page will be updated when there are significant changes. It is not updated during winter when all trails are snow-covered typically November through March/April.

CAUTION: The Dixie Fire is impacting park operations. Air quality is unhealthy in the park and we do not recommend strenuous outdoor activities. Consider alternate hiking and backpacking destinations. Please visit InciWeb for more infomation about the Dixie Fire.

Trail

Difficulty

Miles (RT)

Notes

PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)

Varies

Varies

N

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed between Highway 70 and Highway 36, south of the park. PCT through hikers are encouraged to take an alternative route to Highway 44 near Old Station to continue their journey. This closure is due to the Dixie Fire.

17 miles traverse the central and eastern portions of the park from north to south. We do not provide regular updates for the PCT.

Southwest Area | Elevations range from 6,700 feet to 10,457 feet

Brokeoff Mountain

****

7.0

P

No snow. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.
Sturdy hiking boots and poles are advised. Most of this trail is exposed to the sun with little shade - bring sun protection and plenty of drinking water.

Bumpass Hell

**

3.0

P, K, B, N

Open. No snow. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.
Most of this trail is exposed to the sun with little shade - bring sun protection and plenty of drinking water. We recommend choosing a different trail on weekends between 10am-3pm, as there will not be parking in the Bumpass Hell parking area. If parking along the road, ensure your vehicle is parked completely off the road surface without trampling fragile vegetation.

Mill Creek Falls

***

3.8

B

No snow. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.

Ridge Lakes

****

2.0

No snow. Very steep trail. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.
Sturdy hiking boots and poles are advised. Most of this trail is exposed to the sun with little shade - bring sun protection and plenty of drinking water.

Lassen Peak

****

5.0

N

No snow on trail. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.
Hikers must follow established route. Do not cut switchbacks, as this causes damage to the trail by speeding up erosion. Boot spikes and trekking poles are advised. Be prepared by bringing layered clothing, sun/wind protection, plenty of water, food.
Learn more about hiking safety. Be prepared for lightning.

Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes

***

4.0

P

No snow. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.

Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes

**

2.6

K

No snow. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.
Swimming is not allowed in Cold Boiling Lake.

Kings Creek Falls

**

3.0

P, K

No snow. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.
Please stay on trail to minimize damage to sensitive plants. Most of this trail is exposed to the sun with little shade - bring sun protection and plenty of drinking water. We recommend choosing a different trail on weekends between 10am-3pm, as there will not be parking in the Kings Creek Falls parking area. If parking along the road, ensure your vehicle is parked completely off the road surface without trampling fragile vegetation.

Sifford Lakes

**

Varies

P, K

No snow. Smoky and unhealthy air conditions on this trail.

Manzanita Lake and Summit Lake Areas | Elevations range from 5,900 feet to 7,200 feet

Manzanita Lake

*

1.8

K, B

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.

Lily Pond Interpretive Trail

*

0.5

I, K, P

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.

Nobles Emigrant Trail

*

3.5

N

No snow.

Manzanita Creek

**

7.0

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.
Trailhead is one mile from Loomis Plaza in the Manzanita Lake Campground D-Loop.

Crags Lake

**

4.2

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.
No water in Crags Lake. Most of this trail is exposed to the sun with little shade - bring sun protection and plenty of drinking water.

Devastated Area Trail

*

0.25

I, K

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.

Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow

**

2.8

K, P

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.

Echo Lake

**

4.4

P

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.
Most of this trail is exposed to the sun with little shade - bring sun protection and plenty of drinking water.

Summit Lake to Cluster/Twin Lakes Loop

**

11

P

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail. Backcountry camping is temporarily closed.
Fallen trees across trail in many locations. Reports of increased bear activity. Stay with or store your scented stuff to keep bears wild. Bear Spray is not permitted in the park.

Butte Lake Area | Elevations range from 6,100 feet to 8,300 feet

Bathtub Lake Loop

**

0.8

K

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.

Cinder Cone

**
****

4.0

I, P

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.
Trail to summit of Cinder Cone is strenuous and gains 700 feet in a half mile on sand-like cinders. Be prepared for lightning.

Prospect Peak

***

6.6

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.
Most of this trail is exposed to the sun with little shade - bring sun protection and plenty of drinking water.

Butte Lake to Widow Lake

***

4.5

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.

Snag Lake Loop

**

13

No snow. Some haze and smoke on this trail.

Warner Valley Area | 5,600 feet

Boiling Springs Lake

**

3.0

K, N

No snow. Warner Valley area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.

Devils Kitchen

**

4.4

K, N

No snow. Warner Valley area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.

Drake Lake

**

4

No snow. Warner Valley area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.

Dream Lake Basin

*

1

K, N

No snow. Warner Valley area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.

Terminal Geyser

**

5.8

N

No snow. Warner Valley area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.

Little Willow Lake to Terminal Geyser

**

1.8

N, K

No snow. Warner Valley area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire. Trailhead accessed through Lassen National Forest.

Juniper Lake Area | 8,000 feet

Horseshoe Lake

*

2.8

K

No snow. Juniper Lake area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.

Inspiration Point

**

1.4

K

No snow. Juniper Lake area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.

Mount Harkness

****

3.8

No snow. Juniper Lake area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.
Be prepared for lightning. Visitors may access the catwalk around the lookout via the stairs. The interior of the lookout will be closed to visitors in 2021 for staff safety. Most of this trail is exposed to the sun with little shade - bring sun protection and plenty of drinking water.

Crystal Lake

*

0.8

K, P

No snow. Juniper Lake area is temporarily closed, due to the Dixie Fire.

Last updated: July 24, 2021

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