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Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tackle highest peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park and stand atop an active volcano.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trail begins at the foot of the South face of Lassen Peak, just past Lake Helen and attached to a parking area big enough to handle some of the busiest days in the park.

The initial part of the trail carves a straight line directly towards the mountain making it seem like the most direct route ever. But that doesn’t last long and soon you’ll... More

2. Heading Up

Bagging this peak should be a breeze, just so long as you treat the next two and a half miles with some respect and take the two thousand foot elevation gain nice and steady. And of course, you can keep reminding yourself that the journey back down will be so much easier.

You won’t need us to remind you that you’re hiking at elevation up here,... More

3. Summit (10,462ft)

From an elevation 10,462ft above sea level the views from the peak at are nothing short of spectacular on a clear day, stretching as far as the massive snowcapped Mount Shasta over seventy miles away.

If you're wondering whether the active volcano you're currently standing on top of could explode at any moment then you needn't worry.

And if... More