Lassen Volcanic National Park Hiking Guide
Hiking the Northern Sierra in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Hiking in America’s National Parks provide individuals some of the most amazing sites & sounds of the Wilderness experience. In Lassen Volcanic National Park there are hikes for all types of hikers and adventure seekers.
So Which Hike is Right for You?
There are over 150 miles of trails in Lassen and each one offers its own reward. Below is a small selection of some of the day hikes in the park provided by Lassen Volcanic National Park
Easy walk around the lake. Keep your eyes and ears alert; birds, trout, wildflowers, and wildlife frequent
the lakeshore. Trail can be rocky at times. Enjoy catch and release fishing with excellent mountain views.
Lily Pond Nature Trail
Start: Trailhead is located across the street from the
Length: 0.75 miles (1.2 km) loop
Elevation Gain: None
Time: 45 minutes
Easy walk through the woods skirts Reflection Lake
and a lily pond. Interpretive brochures correspond to
numbered posts that detail flora in the area. This is an
excellent hike for families with young children.
Easy walk along a paved trail. Interpretive exhibits with audio description highlight the eruption of Lassen Peak with great views along the entire trail. This trail is
accessible for sight and mobility impaired visitors.
Start: Trailhead North of the Warner Valley
Campground on the Warner Valley Road.
Length: 4.2 miles (6.8 km) round trip
Elevation Gain: 440 feet (134 meters)
Time: 2 hours
Trail gradually crosses through meadow and forest to a circuit that winds through mudpots, steam vents, fumaroles and milky Hot Springs Creek.
Start: Bumpass Hell parking area, 6 miles from
Length: 3 miles (4.8 km) round trip
Elevation Gain: 300 feet (91 meters)
Time: 2 hours
Moderate hike over rocky terrain with grand vistas. The trail drops into an active hydrothermal basin where you can view mudpots and fumaroles. For your safety,
please stay on the boardwalk. This trail often has snow hazards through July and into August.
Start: The trail begins across the highway from the Hat
Creek parking area
Length: 2.8 miles (4.5 km)
Elevation Gain: 700 feet (213 meters)
Time: 2 hours
Scenic trails climbs gradually to a cliff encompassed meadow. This well-shaded trail includes a number of small footbridge creek crossings and tumbling
cascades. Wildflowers abound in late-July or August.
Rolling hike through red fir forest follows Mill Creek as
it gradually descends to a viewpoint of the falls. Bridges
cross East Sulphur Creek at the top of the falls. Use
caution on bridges, they do not have handrails.
Start: Butte Lake parking area. Southwest side of the
Length: 4 miles (6.4 km) round trip
Elevation Gain: 846 feet (258 meters)
Time: 3 hours
A path of loose cinders skirts the Fantastic Lava Beds before climbing steeply to the summit. The trail continues into the summit crater and offers spectacular
views of Lassen Peak and the Painted Dunes.
Length: 7.0 miles / 11.3 km
Time: Full day
• 2,600ft (from 6,600 – 9,235ft)
Many folk head to Lassen Volcanic National Park with a plan to hike Lassen Peak, and for good reason – it’s a really good signature hike for the park.
However, if you have time to hike only one peak on your travels here, then you might prefer to choose Brokeoff Mountain which we think is a better hike, but also affords you some of the best views of the park from the summit, including great ones of Lassen Peak. Roughly half of this trail’s 3½ mile journey to the summit takes a gently inclining route along the side of a mountain creek surrounded by lush vegetation and pine trees, which also provide welcome relief from summer sunshine
Start: Lassen Peak parking area, 8 miles north of the
Length: 4.8 miles (7.7 km) round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,957 feet (596 meters)
Time: 5 hours
Steep climb up a trail of loose rock and cinder switchbacks along a ridge to the first summit of the peak of the park’s namesake. Great views on the ascent
and superb panoramic views from the top.
A short, but steep 2 miles return trip, with 1000 feet elevation gain, so quite strenuous, especially at this altitude. The trail starts at Sulphur Works, on the main park road. It climbs right away and simply never stop climbing (pretty steep towards the end) until you reach the destination: a beautiful hidden little lake with turquoise waters. Great place for a picnic.