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

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Cinder Cone

We visited the Cinder Cone dormant volcano at Fantastic Lava Beds. It's a about a 7 mile dirt road to the beginning of the 4 mile round trip hike. Our honda minivan made it just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Nitin G
California, United States
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California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We visited the Cinder Cone dormant volcano at Fantastic Lava Beds. It's a about a 7 mile dirt road to the beginning of the 4 mile round trip hike. Our honda minivan made it just fine. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the top of the volcano but even just at 1 mile in, you get to see the amazing... More 

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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

The walk along the Fantastic Lava Beds is easy enough (deep sandy trail, mostly shady). Cinder Cone at the end of the trail is something else entirely and is listed separately in TripAdvisor. This walk is shady along the edge of the lava beds, which are a huge area of large black boulders.The problem is that you want to climb... More 

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Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The Butte Lake Area of Lassen is remote, but still interesting. It's about 6 miles off Highway 44. Unpaved, but more manageable than some of the other unpaved roads in the park. There is a campground and a day use area near the lake which like Juniper Lake, was very low. Lots of hiking trails take off in different directions... More 

Thank Rainier72
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The beds are large chunks of lava that came out of the base of the Cinder Cone. The top of much of them are coated with cinders that changed color depending on the heat of the lava they landed on, giving the top surface a painted-desert appearance as seen from the Cinder Cone. An interesting hike or canoe + hike... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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 

Thank Craig T
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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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 

5 Thank chalk_11
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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