Lassen Peak Trail

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California 96063

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain2,276ft
Trailhead Elevation8,466ft
Top10,454ft
Elevation Min/Max8465/10454ft
Elevation Start/End8466/8466ft

Lassen Peak Trail

Lassen Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 8,466 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,276 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and restrooms. Along the trail there is a glacier. The trail ends near Lassen Peak (elevation 10,456 feet).

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Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Reaching the 10,457-foot summit of Lassen Peak is the supreme draw for many hikers visiting the park. The 2.5- mile maintained trail follows a zigzagging course to the summit for an unparalleled view of northern California that stretches all the way into southern Oregon. Prior to the 1980 eruption of Mt. Saint Helens in Washington State, Lassen Peak was the last volcano to erupt in the continental US, in 1921. Although nature has done a great deal of healing in the subsequent decades, a trip along the Lassen Peak Trail still exposes visitors to countless volcanic wonders." Read more
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Along with the trail to Bumpass Hell, the Lassen Peak Trail is one of the two most popular trails in the park. A typical summer day will see hundreds of hopeful summiteers strung out along the path, appearing like a parade of ants to the gaping tourists at the trailhead parking lot. Winter, with the long approach and less temperate weather, changes this scene dramatically, with only a hardy few rising to the challenge of a winter climb. For the avid peak bagger undaunted by the potentially harsh conditions, a trip to Lassen’s summit can be the crowning achievement to a park visit. One thing is certain, successful climbers won’t have to ?ght for space to sit and enjoy the accomplishment, as is often the case in summer." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"Along with its cousin Mount Shasta, Lassen Peak dominates the skyline of inland Northern California. Climb this massive volcano, which last erupted in 1921, and enjoy panoramic views ranging over 100 miles in every direction. Lassen Peak, a plug dome volcano that last erupted in 1921 reminds us that nature can be both violent and beautiful. Note that conditions on the summit often differ dramatically from those at the trailhead. Prepare for high winds and snow-reflected sunlight by bringing layers of warm clothes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. Also, don’t begin the climb in threatening weather; there’s nowhere to hide from lightning strikes." Read more
Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Bubba Suess
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"The ascent of Lassen Peak is a hard but thrilling hike to the summit of the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range. The mountain towers above the surrounding landscape and offers incredible vistas almost every step of the way to the top of this active volcano. Lassen Peak, the centerpiece of Lassen Volcanic National Park, is the southernmost major volcano in the Cascade Range and one of only two volcanoes in the coterminous United States to erupt in the twentieth century. At 10,457 feet, it is the second- highest peak in the California section of the Cascades, second only to towering Mount Shasta. It is also one of the largest plug dome volcanoes in the world. This type of volcano is the result of extremely viscous lava being pushed up to the earth’s surface. Since the lava is so sticky, it does not flow far or swiftly and tends to pile vertically rather than flowing quickly and covering a large surface." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Redding, California (Falcon Guides)
Montana Hodges
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"Lassen Volcanic National Park’s premier hike showcases the wildest thrills of hydrothermal activity a stone’s throw from your hiking boots—hot gas spewing from hissing fumaroles, boiling mud, and brightly colored mineral pools. The hike to Bumpass Hell first climbs a forested hillside ridge showcasing classic mountain vistas before its final decent into the sizzling valley below. If you only have a day in Lassen, head straight to the Hell." Read more

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9/3/2011
My sister and I hiked to the summit of this well groomed easy to follow peak trail. Views in all directions and markers on the way up keep you not thinking of the altitude. My book said this was a strenuous hike, but closer to a moderate. For another peak in your bag, this is an easy one up for grabs. The false summit had the best views, but if you want to cross the snowfield and climb up a class 4 or 5 scramble to the top of the peak, you will add on a good extra 30 minutes. We started the hike at 6:30 am and only 4 cars were in the parking lot. When we reached the parking lot after the summit at 10:00, there was standing room only. Start your trek early! Great cool breezes and fewer people! Enjoy
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8/12/2009
Lassen National Park is a gem of northern califronia that is really overlooked. Even in peak season the crowds are minimal and the sites are fantastic. However, Lassen Peak trail is now closed until further notice due to a rock slide that killed a 9 year old child! A horrible thing to happen!! So be sure to check with the park staff to see if the trail is open yet. But, a comparable and truly great hike in the park is Brokeoff Mountain.
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7/18/2009
I broke a cardinal rule of climbing and did Mt Lassen alone. I did have my Rino-gps and have had a fair amount of exerience. In addition, I knew there would be a lot of fellow hikers-climbers on that trail as it is so popular. Sunny bright and cloudless day--I drank a lot of water. Its about 5 miles round trip and fairly steady in uphill t errain with a good trail. Even this late in the summer, there was still snow in large patches and one patch had the trodden path of the trail running through it for a hundred yards or so. No problem. False summit is large and fairly flat with great views and I could see magnificient, massive MT Shasta in the distance. The trek to the true summit is up a very rocky slope with more of the same views and a view down the flank opposite the trail. There were at least 25 people up on the summit at that time and all day I saw people of all ages going up and down. It is a very popular trail, well maintained, and not too tough. Lots of flowers along the trail, very little wildlife, but beautiful views of the many lakes far below. I am 69 years old and every year do 2-3 climbs of some sort. This one was approx 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down. It was fine.
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9/6/2008
This is an awesome hike. It will challenge your lungs a little as you approach 10,400 feet but there is enough scenery to keep you distracted. Knowing that you're on a relatively young volcanic peak ads a level of interest to all that you see around you and generates a greater appreciation for the power of volcanos. Definitely worth a second and third trip. Good conditioning hike for altitude.
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8/17/2008
You'll probably never get another chance to summit a major volcano this easily, so if you're in the area, do this hike. That it only takes 2.5 miles to see the violent aftermath of a 90-year-old eruption is amazing. On this day, the trail was totally free of snow and the weather was beautiful. I summited in about 50 minutes, although that's faster than most people were going. Interpretive signs along the way act as mileposts and offer interesting tidbits about this and other nearby mountains. Great experience.
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8/16/2005
The hike was wonderful! At the parking area there are bathrooms, and a little store that provides everything you need before and after the hike. It wasn't too hot, and not too cold on the top! We saw deer, chipmonks, and various species of birds. The best part was the Migrating Butterflies that covered the top half of the volcano. It was like being in a snow storm, but with butterflies instead of snow.
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4/11/2004
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7/23/2003
This hike is a must if you visit Lassen Volcanic NP. The views along the trail are spectacular. Even if you are not in great shape, climbing a mile up the trail or so is worth it. On the day we hiked it was overcast and light sprinkles were forcast. Definitely take a jacket, hat, sunglasses, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Everywhere but this trail was in the 90 degrees but we stayed a cool 60's. We saw parents carrying children over the trail which at times was snow covered and rubble. That didn't look like fun. As you approach the last 3/4 mile to the peak the trail somewhat disintegrates but it is wise to try to keep on the legitmate pathway if possible. The best advice for this trail is "Rest as often". It took us four hours to go up and back but we had hikers pass us both ways as we continued to ascend. It was worth it.
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Trail Information

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Nearby City
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Snowboarding
Additional Use
PO Box 100, Mineral 96063 (530) 595-4480 www.nps.gov/lavo
Local Contacts
USGS Lassen Peak
Local Maps

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Dec 2018