Cinder Cone Trail

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California 96063

Elevation Gain1,055ft
Trailhead Elevation6,083ft
Elevation Min/Max6063/6895ft
Elevation Start/End6083/6083ft

Cinder Cone Trail

Cinder Cone Trail is a hiking trail in Lassen County and Shasta County, California. It is within Lassen Volcanic Wilderness and Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is three miles long and begins at 6,083 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,055 feet. The Butte Lake Parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Emigrant Trail.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"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."
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"Cinder Cone’s volcanic wonderland combines with a gently undulating trail around two of Lassen Park’s largest lakes to make a good overnight backpacking trip. The journey offers open views of Lassen Peak and other prominent mountains from Cinder Cone’s summit and the shores of both Butte and Snag Lakes. Backpackers must obtain a permit from Loomis Museum at the park's northwest entrance station, from the park's Mineral office, or from the Almanor Ranger District in Chester. West-bound pioneers traveled part of this trail in the mid-1800s."

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Trail Information

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Nearby City
Lassen Volcanic Wilderness
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Prospect Peak, Mount Harkness
Local Maps