Trail Conditions

Season for Summer/Fall Hiking Trails: June - October

Numerous Trails Closed Due to Effects of the Dixie Fire

Open trails are listed below. All other trails are closed.

  • Southwest Area: Brokeoff Mountain, Ridge Lakes, and Lassen Peak
  • Manzanita Lake Area: Manzanita Lake Loop, Reflection Lake Route, Lily Pond Trail, Crags Lake, Manzanita Creek, and Nobles Emigrant Trail to Sunflower Flat (must turnaround at intersection with highway).

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 or in backcountry areas, including in carriers.
  • Bear spray is not permitted in the park.
  • 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: 10/3/2021

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.

Note: OPEN and CLOSED trails due to impacts from the Dixie Fire

Trail

Difficulty

Miles (RT)

Notes

PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)

Varies

Varies

N

CLOSED due to impacts from 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

OPEN
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

CLOSED
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

CLOSED

Ridge Lakes

****

2.0

OPEN
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

OPEN
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

CLOSED

Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes

**

2.6

K

CLOSED

Kings Creek Falls

**

3.0

P, K

CLOSED
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

CLOSED

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

Manzanita Lake

*

1.8

K, B

OPEN

Lily Pond Interpretive Trail

*

0.5

I, K, P

OPEN

Nobles Emigrant Trail

*

3.5

N

PARTIALLY OPEN. Open between Manzanita Lake and Sumflower Flat.
Trailhead is located on the northside of the Manzanita Lake entrance station. Park at the Loomis Museum. Backtrack on foot toward the entrance station, walk the service road past park buildings to the trailhead sign.

Manzanita Creek

**

7.0

OPEN
Trailhead is one mile from Loomis Plaza in the Manzanita Lake Campground D-Loop.

Crags Lake

**

4.2

OPEN
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

CLOSED

Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow

**

2.8

K, P

CLOSED

Echo Lake

**

4.4

P

CLOSED
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

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

CLOSED

Cinder Cone

**
****

4.0

I, P

CLOSED
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

CLOSED
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

CLOSED

Snag Lake Loop

**

13

CLOSED

Warner Valley Area | 5,600 feet

Boiling Springs Lake

**

3.0

K, N

CLOSED

Devils Kitchen

**

4.4

K, N

CLOSED

Drake Lake

**

4

CLOSED

Dream Lake Basin

*

1

K, N

CLOSED

Terminal Geyser

**

5.8

N

CLOSED

Little Willow Lake to Terminal Geyser

**

1.8

N, K

CLOSED

Juniper Lake Area | 8,000 feet

Horseshoe Lake

*

2.8

K

CLOSED

Inspiration Point

**

1.4

K

CLOSED

Mount Harkness

****

3.8

CLOSED
Be prepared for lightning. 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

CLOSED

Last updated: October 12, 2021

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