Lassen Volcanic National Park

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  • 1. Bumpass Hell Trail


    This 3-mile round-trip hike leads to arguably the park's most mesmerizing feature, a wondrous landscape of hydrothermal activity characterized...Read More

  • 2. Cinder Cone Trail


    Though set in the park's remote northeastern corner, this is one of its most fascinating trails, as it offers views of a dazzling variety of...Read More

  • 3. Devils Kitchen Trail


    A moderately hilly 4.2 mile round-trip hike through open meadows and conifer forest leads to the least-frequented of the park's three main...Read More

  • 4. Lassen National Park Highway

    Scenic Drive

    This 30-mile scenic route, the main thoroughfare through the park, passes by such prominent sites as Lassen Peak, Bumpass Hell, Sulphur Works...Read More

  • 5. Lassen Peak

    Nature Sight

    When this plug dome volcano erupted in 1915, it spewed a huge mushroom cloud of debris almost 6 miles into the air. You can admire the peak...Read More

  • 6. Lassen Peak Trail


    This trail winds 2½ miles to the mountaintop. It's a tough climb—2,000 feet uphill on a steady, steep grade—but the reward is a spectacular...Read More

  • 7. Loomis Museum


    In this handsome building constructed of volcanic rock in 1927, you can view artifacts from the park's 1914 and 1915 eruptions, including dramatic...Read More

  • 8. Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive

    A 500-mile scenic drive, the byway connects Lassen with Oregon's Crater Lake National Park. The route's southern loop begins in Chester and...Read More

  • 9. Bear Necessities


    Learn about black bears at this ranger-led talk, offered mid-June–mid-August, that takes less than an hour. ...Read More

  • 10. Boiling Springs Lake Trail


    This worthwhile 3-mile loop leads from the Warner Valley Trailhead to Boiling Springs Lake, which is surrounded by high bluffs topped with incense...Read More

  • 11. Chaos Jumbles

    Nature Sight

    More than 350 years ago, an avalanche from the Chaos Crags lava domes scattered hundreds of thousands of rocks—many of them from 2 to 3 feet...Read More

  • 12. Crumbaugh Lake Trail


    This 2.6-mile round-trip hike through meadows and forests to Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh lakes presents an excellent opportunity to view spring...Read More

  • 13. Devastated Area

    Nature Sight

    Lassen Peak's 1915 eruptions cleared this area, which makes up a good chunk of the center of the park, of all vegetation, though after all these...Read More

  • 14. Early Birds


    Take a morning stroll and learn about the birds of Manzanita Lake. ...Read More

  • 15. Inside a Volcano


    Visit the otherworldly Sulphur Works with a ranger and learn the secrets behind this unique hydrothermal feature. ...Read More

  • 16. Kids Program


    Junior Rangers, ages 5 to 12, meet for 45 minutes three times a week with rangers, including for talks about the role wildfires have in shaping...Read More

  • 17. Kings Creek

    Other Attraction

    Trees shade these creekside picnic tables located at a popular trailhead. ...Read More

  • 18. Kings Creek Falls Trail


    Nature photographers love this 2.3-mile loop hike through forests dotted with wildflowers. A steady 700-foot ascent leads to the spectacular...Read More

  • 19. Lake Helen

    Other Attraction

    This site with picnic tables and vault toilets has views of several summits, including Lassen Peak. ...Read More

  • 20. Lily Pond Nature Trail


    This ½-mile jaunt loops past a small lake and through a wooded area, ending at a pond that is filled with yellow water lilies in summer. Marked...Read More

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