Devils Kitchen

Chester, California 96020

Devils Kitchen

Devils Kitchen Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hydrothermal wonders abound at the end of this short trail to the basin of Devils Kitchen, where visitors can enjoy close views of bubbling mud pots and venting fumaroles amid a rainbow of colored rock. You will encounter far fewer people here than at places like Sulphur Works and Bumpass Hell, which attract hordes of tourists.

In addition to the hydrothermal area, the trail offers an easy hike to Dream Lake, where fishing and swimming are popular activities, as is beaver watching. Since part of the trail to Devils Kitchen passes through the rich Drakesbad Meadow, hikers can also enjoy some of the vibrant wildflower displays through midsummer."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"California lives, breathing outward in hissing fumaroles and fetid mudpots. While most experience bubbling volcanic activity along the mobbed trail to Bumpass Hell, you should come—away from the crowds—to Devils Kitchen."

Devils Kitchen Trip Reports

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Wander beside Hot Spring Creek & through a flower dappled meadow for the first half of the hike to Devils Kitchen. Views across the meadow are stunning. Drakesbad Guest Ranch adds a touch of history to your visit. After trekking through a murky, shadowy forest, hikers climb to the rim of Devils Kitchen. Steam billows from mud pots, vents, & boiling springs. Gaseous odors add a final touch to the mystical atmosphere. Watch a video of this hike at and visit

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Trail Information

Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best: June to mid-October
5,640 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Reading Peak
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