Cinder Cone Trail, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
By RON LIZZI - GoOutsideBook.com
While many hikers are drawn to the Lassen Peak Trail, I find this trail more rewarding. The scenery is outstanding, varied, and unique, making this trail one of my favorites anywhere.
The hike is 4.0 miles (6.4 kilometers) round trip with an elevation gain of 846 feet (258 meters), but the numbers are deceptive. The trail up the 750-foot (229-meter) high cinder cone consists of loose cinders, so it requires much more exertion than a path on a hard surface. The steep hike down the cinder cone often amounts to a controlled slide, which requires some care.
These photos are from a hike in the early morning, which seems to be the best time for photography.
Wall of lava rocks near the beginning of the trail
Cinder Cone, which erupted around 1650 AD
Cinder Cone and the trail to the summit
Isolated tree on the Cinder Cone slope
Lassen Peak (10,457 feet / 3,187 meters), about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away, comes into view as Cinder Cone is ascended
Slender pines at Cinder Cone summit
Lassen Peak and Cinder Cone summit
Cinder Cone summit and Snag Lake
Flag tree at Cinder Cone summit with the Fantastic Lava Beds and Butte Lake below
Painted Dunes and the Fantastic Lava Beds
Lassen Peak and the Painted Dunes
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