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Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Clamber around the rocks of an enormous volcanic rockslide.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.5 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. Manzanita Lake

When the cliffs of Chaos Crags sheared off and tumbled down into the valley they also blocked a local creek, creating what is known today as Manzanita Lake - the beginning of our short 3½ mile hike.

The hiking trail winds its way through a surviving section of thick evergreen forest running parallel to the jumbles, slowly ascending and eventually... More

2. Chaos Jumbles

Leaving the forested trail behind, the last part of our journey sets out across the chaos jumbles and negotiates a route through the mess of pink rock fragments.

3. Chaos Crags Lake

The final destination of this trail is Chaos Crags Lake - though if you're tackling this trail late in the season, Chaos Crags Puddle might be a better name.

Blasted out of the ground by the force of the Chaos Crags rockfall, this large depression in the landscape collects water from the melting snow above, only to evaporate away to virtually... More