West Prospect Peak Trail

Old Station, California 96071

West Prospect Peak Trail

West Prospect Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide

"In terms of girth, West Prospect Peak rates among the mightiest in Lassen National Forest. And no wonder there’s a lookout atop this lofty, densely conifered mountain—the panorama reveals a plethora of place names and well-known volcanoes. Bowl-shaped West Prospect Peak itself is a shield dome volcano, and so is its nearest neighbor, Prospect Peak. That explains why they look like twins. To enlist for this epic endeavor, the body should be fit and the soul may no doubt be crazed, for those are the ideal traits to accomplish this mission. Actually, the journey might be shorter if lack of low-elevation snow allows you to drive a few miles along this route. Rest assured, you’ll most likely have the whole place to yourself for days as you travel past scenic Hat Creek, along the low flanks of Badger Mountain, and then up the south face of view-laden West Prospect Peak."

More West Prospect Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This graded gravel road travels through Lassen National Forest and climbs to West Prospect Peak Fire Lookout. The trail leaves California 44/89 and travels past the site of Twin Bridges, a stop- ping point on the Nobles Trail. An undeveloped USFS camping area is at Twin Bridges, and there are some excellent backcountry campsites along Hat Creek on 32N13. The main trail runs close to the northern boundary of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park can be reached via the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which crosses the vehicle trail and connects with hiking trails in the park, or via a couple of vehicle trails that stop at the park’s boundary. Special Attractions: Views of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags; West Prospect Peak Fire Lookout. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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Wonderful views of Mt Lassen & Lassen Park as well as Burney Mountain & the Hat Creek area.

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Trail Information

Old Station
Nearby City
3,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–3 days
Hat Creek Ranger District-Lassen National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS West Prospect Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018