"As its name suggests, many of the features of Lassen Volcanic National Park are centered on the geologic processes of volcanism. The Cinder Cone Nature Trail celebrates this theme, with stark black chunks of lava, volcanic bombs, vast cinder and ash fields, and lava-scorched tree snags providing the setting for the primary feature of the trail, the 700-foot Cinder Cone. The self-guided trail—described in a brochure available at the trailhead—leads through a devastated landscape of recent volcanic activity.
The 14 numbered posts on the route are keyed to information in the brochure about the geologic, cultural, and natural history of the area. Initially, the path, which wanders through a pine forest to the edge of a massive lava flow, follows in the footsteps of early pioneers on the Nobles Emigrant Trail. Then it leaves the pioneer route to attack the steep slopes on the way to Cinder Cone’s rim and a panoramic view of the surrounding terrain and nearby features such as Fantastic Lava Beds, Painted Dunes, and Snag and Butte lakes. Fittingly, the park’s most prominent feature, Lassen Peak, dominates the view."