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Address: Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
Description: A thick black sheet of lava covers several square miles.

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Worth the drive to see them

You'll need to drive out on a dirt road to see these beds, but they're worth the drive. Giant, chunky flows of lava rocks surround Butte Lake. Take the hike around the lake to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Starting at Butte Lake, you walk by this amazing lava flow, apparently laid down in the 17th Century. After walking by the Fantastic Lava Beds, you come up to Cinder Cone, which is a 400 foot high, well, cinder cone. The hike up is pretty strenuous, but there is an amazing view from the top. You see all over the... More 

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We only passed these by on the way to hike cinder cone. A large pile of rubble. Not very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

You'll need to drive out on a dirt road to see these beds, but they're worth the drive. Giant, chunky flows of lava rocks surround Butte Lake. Take the hike around the lake to see the beds from the opposite side. It's a lovely hike with that almost no one goes on so you'll get a bit of the lake... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Though the main road that traverses the park is gorgeous, take the time to drive up to the northeast corner of the park to see the Cinder Cone and Lava Beds. It’s a bit of a drive, and the last five miles or so are all dirt road, but it’s definitely worth it! The trail to the Cinder Cone is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Loved this hike! It is reviewed elsewhere in Tripadvisor- search for 'Mineral Cinder Cone'. Although in the Lassen Volcanic Park you access the fantastic lava beds (also cinder cone and painted dunes) via a separate entrance to the park that leads to Butte Lake Campground. The road is on the park map and also worked via our satnav so easy... More 

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

On our last day, we departed Drakesbad Guest Ranch and made the trek up to the Butte Area of Lassen Volcanic National Park. This was clearly a less frequently region of the park, and we were glad we made the drive. The butte area is well maintained and quite clean. The Fantastic Lava Beds are right there for the exploring... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The route to the Butte Lake campground is the only way to get to the Cinder Cone Trail, which is an hour's drive eastwards from the northern entrance to the park. It includes a 7-mile dirt road which is entirely passable in normal passenger cars at a 15-20mph speed. The trip is entirely worth the time and effort! The trail... More 

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Terre Haute
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Several reviewers here seemed to have confused the Fantastic Lava Beds in Lassen Volcanic National Park with Lava Beds National Monument 100 miles to the north. As far as I know there are no caves (or ranger-led tours of such) in the former though Subway Cave, a lava tube, is about 10 miles north of the NW entrance to the... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Well, firstly, they are quite Fantastic. And lava beds themselves are a quite unusual to see. So when they are actually lava beds, and fantastic, well, then, you have something...

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Address: Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lassen Volcanic National Park

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