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Lassen Peak

The trail to the top of Lassen Peak begins at the peak parking area at an elevation of 8500 feet. The popular trail is 2.5 miles one-way to the summit.

photo: Approaching the top. Photo by Mike Bullington.

Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? $10.00
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: In Lassen National Park, connects park road to Lassen Peak.
State(s): California
Counties: Shasta
Longitude: -121.50573
Latitude: 40.47479

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Description

The trail to the top of Lassen Peak begins at the peak parking area at an elevation of 8500 feet. The popular trail is 2.5 miles one-way to the summit. There are many fantastic vistas of the park and surrounding areas from the trail (see picture gallery below). The summit provides one of the most spectacular views of the Devastated Area, a view from the top looking down (see picture in gallery below). This view is the best vantage point to contemplate the power of the 1914-17 eruptions. The lingering rotten-egg smell of hydrogen sulfide near the summit reminds visitors that Lassen is still considered an active, but dormant, volcano.

There are many switchbacks and the trail can be steep and rocky at times. Hiking boots are recommended. A round trip takes 3 to 5 hours.

A vehicle pass is required for all vehicles entering the park.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 8,500
Elevation High Point: 10,450
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1981

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Website: NPS Lassen Volcanic National Park Hiking Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Stuart Nuss
Trails Foreman
Lassen Volcanic National Park
P.O. Box 100
Mineral , CA 96063 -100

 

Photos

Crater on Lassen Peak Trail. Photo by NPS.

Crater on Lassen Peak Trail. Photo by NPS.

View of the Devastated Area from Lassen Peak. Photo by NPS.

View of the Devastated Area from Lassen Peak. Photo by NPS.

 

Approaching the top. Photo by Mike Bullington.

Approaching the top. Photo by Mike Bullington.

At the top. Photo by Mike Bullington.

At the top. Photo by Mike Bullington.

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