Location: In Lassen National Park, connects park road to Lassen Peak.
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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.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 8,500
Elevation High Point: 10,450
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1981
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Website: NPS Lassen Volcanic National Park Hiking 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.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
P.O. Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063 -100
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