Summer/Fall Trail Conditions

 

Season for Summer/Fall Trail Conditions is May - October


Last updated: 6/13/2024
You may need to reload page to see updates. Periodically updated starting in May as trails become snow-free.

View the Oversnow Route Conditions page from November through May.

NOTICE: Not all trailheads are currently accesible by vehicle due to road closures within the park since 12/7/2023 due to seasonal snowpack. Road clearing operations generally begin in March/April.

  • Pedestrians and bicycles are permitted on Lassen National Park Highway beyond closures to vehicles .

  • From the SW entrance, the road is closed to vehicles at Bumpass Hell Parking lot (Bumpass Hell Hiking Trail remains closed until clear of snow).

  • From the NW entrance, the road is closed to vehicles at the Devastated Area.

Trail conditions are updated when information is available. We welcome your trail reports to @LassenNPS or lavo_information@nps.gov.

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

Trail

Difficulty

Miles (RT)

Notes

Conditions

PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)

Variable

Variable

N

Patchy snow. Trail has been cleared of fallen trees from Little Willow Lake to Corral Meadows.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Lassen Volcanic National Park does not provide regular updates for the PCT.

Southwest Area | Elevation range: 6,700 feet -10,457 feet

Brokeoff Mountain

****

7.4

P

Not advised. High rate of snow melt is creating washouts and hazards. Deep snow drifts require the use of winter traversing equipment and navigation above Forest Lake.

Climbing gear such as ice axe and crampons are necessary beyond Forest Lake. Snowshoes are necessary otherwise.

When trail is snow-free:
Not affected by the Dixie Fire. The use of trekking poles are highly advised to aid in stability due to steepness and loose rock. Upper half of trail is sun exposed.

Bumpass Hell

**

2.8

P, K, B, N

CLOSED Due to Seasonal Snowpack.

Trail typically re-opens in early July. See trail opening dates from previous years, which are largely affected by snowpack.

Minimally affected by the Dixie Fire. Partially sun exposed. Boardwalk is fully sun exposed.

Mill Creek Falls

***

3.7

B

Clear of snow. Trail is clered of fallen trees from the trailhead to Conard Meadow.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Ridge Lakes

****

2.2

Upper section of trail is mostly snow-covered and requires the use of navigation, and snow-traversing equipment.

Not affected by the Dixie Fire. The use of hiking boots, and trekking poles are highly encouraged to aid in stability due to steepness and loose rock. Partially sun exposed.

Lassen Peak

****

5.0

N

Snow-covered. A summit requires climbing gear such as ice axe and crampons. Snowshoes are necessary otherwise.

When trail is free of snow, Protect the Lassen Peak Trail; do not cut switchbacks, doing so can cause hazardous rockfall.

The use of trekking poles are highly encouraged to aid in stability due to steepness and over snowy sections. Be on alert for loose or falling rock. Not affected by the Dixie Fire. Mostly sun exposed.

Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes

***

3.4

P

Trailhead not currently accessible by vehicle due to road closure.

Snow-covered.

Trekking poles are advised.

Not affected by the Dixie Fire. Trail is cleared of fallen trees. Partially sun exposed.

Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes

**

1.4+

K

Trailhead not currently accessible by vehicle due to road closure.

Snow-covered.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Kings Creek Falls

**

2.8

P, K

Trailhead not currently accessible by vehicle due to road closure.

Snow-covered.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Sifford Lakes

**

6.4

P, K

Trailhead not currently accessible by vehicle due to road closure.

Snow-covered.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Manzanita Lake and Summit Lake Areas | Elevation range: 5,600 feet - 8,530 feet

Manzanita Lake

*

1.8

K, B

Clear of fallen trees and snow. Sun-exposed areas.

Not affected by the Dixie Fire.

Lily Pond Interpretive Trail

*

0.5

I, K, P

Clear of fallen trees and snow. Shady sections.

Not affected by the Dixie Fire.

Nobles Emigrant Trail

*

5.6

N

Clear of fallen trees and snow. Shady sections.

Trail along and east of Hat Creek affected by the Dixie Fire. Trailhead is located off of service road north of the Manzanita Lake Entrance Station.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Manzanita Creek

**

7.0

Last 0.5 mile is snow-covered. Shady sections.

Not affected by the Dixie Fire. Trailhead is one mile from Loomis Plaza in the Manzanita Lake Campground D-Loop.

Crags Lake

**

4.0

Clear of fallen trees and snow. Advised trekking poles to aid in stability. Water is currently in the basin of Crags Lake. Most of this trail is sun exposed.

Not affected by the Dixie Fire.

Devastated Area Trail

*

0.3

I, K

Clear of snow.

Trail not affected by the Dixie Fire.

Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow

**

2.8

K, P

Mostly snow -free. Upper section is steep with snow. Advise use of trekking poles to aid in stability. Shady sections.

Not affected by the Dixie Fire.

Echo Lake

**

4.0

P

Trailhead not currently accessible by vehicle due to road closure.

Patchy snow. Shady sections.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Summit Lake to Cluster/Twin Lakes Loop

**

Variable

P

Trailhead not currently accessible by vehicle due to road closure.

Areas with deep snow drifts and fallen trees.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Butte Lake Area | Elevation range:6,100 feet - 8,338 feet

Bathtub Lake Loop

**

2.0

K

Clear of fallen trees and snow.

Some evidence of the Dixie Fire. Mostly sun exposed.

Cinder Cone

**
****

4.0

I, P

Clear of fallen trees and snow.

Trekking poles advised due to steep loose terrain on Cinder Cone.

Some evidence of the Dixie Fire. fully sun exposed.

Prospect Peak

***

6.6

Clear of snow.

Some evidence of the Dixie Fire. Mostly sun exposed.

Butte Lake to Widow Lake

***

4.5

Clear of fallen trees and snow along shore of Butte Lake. Snow beyond Butte Lake to Widow Lake..

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Snag Lake Loop

**

13

Clear of snow. Mostly sun exposed.

Grassy creek foot bridge is missing half the bridge.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Warner Valley Area | Elevation range: 5,600 feet - 7,408 feet Warner Valley Road closed to vehicles due to seasonal snowpack. Pedestrian travel is permitted year-round. Once free of snow, bicycles are permitted.

Boiling Springs Lake

**

Variable

K, N

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle.

Clear of snow.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Devils Kitchen *

**

Variable

K, N

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle.

Clear of fallen trees and snow. Footbridge in thermal area is burned from the 2021 Dixie Fire.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Drake Lake

**

Variable

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle.

Clear of fallen trees and snow.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Dream Lake Basin

*

Variable

K, N

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle.

Clear of fallen trees and snow.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Terminal Geyser

**

Variable

N

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle.

Clear of fallen trees and snow.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Little Willow Lake to Terminal Geyser

**

Variable

N, K

Clear of fallen trees and snow.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Warner Valley Road to Juniper Lake (a.k.a. Heart Rate Hill)

****

5.6

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle.

Clear of snow.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Juniper Lake Area | Elevation range: 6,700 feet - 8,048 feet: Juniper Lake Road closed to vehicles due to seasonal snowpack. Pedestrian travel is permitted year-round. Once free of snow, bicycles are permitted.

Horseshoe Lake

*

Variable

K

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle for Dixie Fire repair and snowpack.

Unknown. Mostly sun exposed.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Inspiration Point

**

Variable

K

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle for Dixie Fire repair and snowpack.

Unknown.

Affected by 2021 Dixie Fire, use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Mount Harkness

****

Variable

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle for Dixie Fire repair and snowpack.

Unknown.

Trail affected by 2021 Dixie Fire,. Remnants of destroyed fire lookout closed. Use caution when travelling through burned areas. Standing dead trees can fall without warning. Learn more about burned area safety.

Crystal Lake

*

Variable

K, P

Trailhead not accessible by vehicle for Dixie Fire repair and snowpack.

Unknown.

Affected by the Dixie Fire. Mostly sun exposed.Portions of trail through high-severity effects can be undefined or unmarked.

 

Last updated: June 13, 2024

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