Chaos Crags and Crags Lake

Old Station, California

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The crater at the end of this splendid hike now cradles a small lake, but it once was the fulcrum of a cataclysm that forever changed the surrounding landscape, and resulted in the formation of the Chaos Jumbles. About 300 hundred years ago, a portion of the Chaos Crags, plug dome volcanoes like Lassen Peak, let loose a massive avalanche of rock. The landslide scarred the landscape to the north and east of the Manzanita Lake area, and its debris makes up the dam of the lake itself. Highlights: Tiny Crags Lake lies in an exposed basin below the unstable slopes of the Chaos Crags.

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"The crater at the end of this splendid hike now cradles a small lake, but it once was the fulcrum of a cataclysm that forever changed the surrounding landscape, and resulted in the formation of the Chaos Jumbles. About 300 hundred years ago, a portion of the Chaos Crags, plug dome volcanoes like Lassen Peak, let loose a massive avalanche of rock. The landslide scarred the landscape to the north and east of the Manzanita Lake area, and its debris makes up the dam of the lake itself. Highlights: Tiny Crags Lake lies in an exposed basin below the unstable slopes of the Chaos Crags."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Old Station
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best June to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,910 feet
Top Elevation: 6,760 feet
Local Contacts: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Maps: USGS Manzanita Lake; Lassen Volcanic National Park maps by the National Park Service, Earthwalk Press, and Wilderness Press; USDAFS Lassen National Forest

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Jun 2018