Lassen National Forest, California

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Lassen National Forest

  • Old Station, California

    Subway Cave Lava Tubes

    5.0
    0.65 mi / 33 ft gain
    The Subway Cave Lava Tube is located at Old Station in the Lassen National Forest. About 26 miles south of Burney, CA. If coming from the North, it is on Highway 89 (Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway) on your left right before Highway 44. If coming from Redding, about 60 miles away, you would enter th...
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  • Shasta County, California

    Magee Peak & Crater Peak

    7.19 mi / 2887 ft gain
    The trail to Magee Peak and Crater Peak makes for a fairly strenuous hike (mostly due to altitude). This USFS out-and-back trail has incredible views of the major peaks in the Northern California & Southern Oregon.  Take in a spectacular close-up of Lassen NP and great views of Shasta, Castl...
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  • Burney, California

    Burney Falls

    4.9
    0.97 mi / 82 ft gain
    Burney Falls can be seen right from the parking area, but this scenic loop is a great hike for all levels of hiking ability. Heading out on this trail will take you to the base of this 129 foot tall waterfall.  The Hike Burney Falls has a 1.3 mile loop trail that takes approximately 30 minutes ...
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  • Shingletown, California

    Manzanita Lake Loop

    4.0
    1.88 mi / 121 ft gain
    Manzanita Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Old Station, California.
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  • Shasta County, California

    Camp out at Manzanita Lake Cabins in Lassen Volcanic NP

    Deep in the Lassen National Forest is the beautiful and surprisingly one of the least visited National Parks, Lassen Volcanic National Park. On the north entrance of the park, you will find the beautiful Manzanita Lake Cabins and Campground with the gorgeous blue lake in the foreground.  Getting ...
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  • Shingletown, California

    Hike the Chaos Crags Trail

    3.8 mi / 915 ft gain
    Manzanita Lake campground is located about 1/2 mile past the Northwest entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park.  The trailhead is located just before the campground sites about 0.1 mile off of the main road and marked with a sign (including a  map) and a few parking spaces.   The trail starts o...
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  • Burney, California

    Northshore Campground

    The name of the campground, Northshore Campground, speaks for itself. It's located on the northern side of Lake Britton, across the water from the main state park camping area. This is nice for us as it's easier to get a spot, and it's much quieter. Campground Reservations It's a PG&E campgr...
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  • Old Station, California

    Hike to Cinder Cone

    5.0
    4 mi / 846 ft gain
    Cinder Cone Trail For 1.2 miles, the trail gently slopes up through a forest. The Fantastic Lava Beds form a wall to your left. The Fantastic Lava Beds were formed by several eruptions of lava from Cinder Cone. The trail is mostly cinder erupted from Cinder Cone. Walking on cinder is similar to w...
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  • Old Station, California

    Hike to Snag Lake via the Cinder Cone

    12.5 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Start from the Butte Lake trailhead, off Highway 44 at the north end of Lassen Volcanic National Park. From the parking lot walk past the little boat launch and the trailhead is obvious in front of you.  Be mentally prepared to be walking in loose sand for most of this trip (and bring ankle or kn...
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  • Shasta County, California

    Devastated Area Interpretive Trail

    2.0
    0.5 mi / 16 ft gain
    Devastated Area Interpretive Trail is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Old Station, California.
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  • Shasta County, California

    Seven Lake Loop in Lassen Volcanic NP

    11.54 mi / 1545 ft gain
    This hike is one of my favorites for when I only have a weekend to get my nature fix. To start off, visit either the Loomis Museum, Loomis Ranger Station, Butte Lake Ranger Station, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, Warner Valley Ranger Station, or Juniper Lake Ranger Station and pick up a wildern...
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  • Shasta County, California

    Summit Mt. Lassen via the Northeast Face

    5.0
    8 mi / 4000 ft gain
    This route is perfect for those with some mountaineering skill looking to challenge themselves on either a long day climb (10-12 hours) of one of California’s most iconic peaks.  1: The approach (1500 feet of elevation gain) For the best chance of summiting, start very early, around 2-4 am. Most ...
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  • Shasta County, California

    Lassen Peak

    4.4
    4.66 mi / 1936 ft gain
    One of my personal favorites and a hidden gem of California that keeps circling my mind is the Lassen Peak Trail. Don't let the trail map (2.5 miles one way) deceive you and make you think this is a short trail. The elevation gain is is 2000 feet from the parking lot to the end of the peak. The a...
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  • Shasta County, California

    Bumpass Hell Trail

    4.7
    2.71 mi / 502 ft gain
    Due to hazardous snow and ice, Bumpass Hell Trail closes during the spring and may not open until July. From the Bumpass Hell Parking Area, the trail traverses the rocky slopes of Bumpass Mountain. The trail slowly ascends 200 feet with views of the valley to the west and Lassen Peak to the nort...
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  • Old Station, California

    Bumpas Hell to Cold Boiling Lake

    4.0
    5.32 mi / 1007 ft gain
    Bumpas Hell to Cold Boiling Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Old Station, California.
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  • Shasta County, California

    Kings Creek Falls Trail

    4.0
    2.49 mi / 495 ft gain
    Kings Creek Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Old Station, California.
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