Lassen Volcanic National Park - (5 Miles; O&B) - Lassen Peak Trail21820 Lassen Peak Highway
Mineral, California 96063
Although very popular and often crowded (during the summer), this is one of our favorite hikes. It's a moderate to difficult hike that gives some of the best views in all of Northern California.
The trail is well maintained and for the most part, wide-open, allowing people to pass and for cross-traffic to move smoothly. The climb is pretty straight up without any real flat areas but there are plenty of places you can rest as needed. We suggest you pack extra food and water and take your time as the elevation gain is noticeable.
Doing a sunset hike when the weather is good is spectacular and we highly recommend it. The colors are unbelievable and the hike down in the dark (with a headlamp) is pretty sweet.
The pictures below will give you a good idea of how incredible this hike is.
Distance: 5 Miles (Round-Trip)
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Camping: Click HERE for places to camp within Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Entry to the park is $20. However, they offer some pretty sweet deals on annual passes that will let you check out other parks too. People at the entry station or visitor centers can offer more info.
How to get there:
Southwest Entrance (51 miles from Red Bluff off Highway 36)
(Lassen) Take Highway 36 east from Red Bluff. Shortly after you pass through the town of Mineral, Highway 89 will be on your left; there will be signs along the highway. The map on this page is for this entrance to the park.
Northwest Entrance (49 miles from Redding off Highway 44)
(Loomis) Take Highway 44 east from Redding. Where Highway 44 meets with Highway 89, take 89 to the south (there will be signs). The park entrance will be on your right. Find a map to this entrance HERE.
~The trailhead for the Lassen Peak Trail is near the south entrance.
Other things to do in the park:
The Bumpass Hell Hike is a fantastic three mile round-trip hike that leads to the largest hydrothermal area in the park. Manzanita Lake is a great place for swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Visit our section on Lassen Volcanic National Park for more fun things to do while you're there.
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