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Lassen Peak Trail

 4.7 (20)


2.5 Miles 4.1 Kilometers

2,005' 611 m


-26' -8 m



Avg Grade (9°)


Max Grade (21°)

10,451' 3,186 m


8,472' 2,582 m


Shared By John Et


All Clear 11 days ago
Dry, Snowy: July 10, 2018, a few patches of snow but not difficult to get through. History

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Hike up to the top of an ancient volcano.

John Et

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Check the Lassen Volcanic National Park website for seasonal closures.


While only 2.5 miles each way, this trail has a 2000 ft elevation gain. Starting at 8000 ft near the parking lot, you start off with a steep climb that continues relentlessly from there until you get near the top. Then the trail turns into a very steep climb to the summit at over 10,000 ft.

The trail is well marked so you won't have much chance of getting lost. It is a very popular trail with plenty of traffic. It's almost entirely exposed with only a handful of partially shaded areas. It would be in your best interest to come up to Lassen a day or two before to get acclimated before attempting this hike.

Flora & Fauna

Rocks, lots of rocks.


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Jul 10, 2018
Bill Cuthbertson
First time to the top of Mt. Lassen. GREAT views! Well maintained trail. I'll do this one again! 5mi — 1h 30m
Jul 7, 2018
Es Es
Jun 30, 2018
Mike Buoy
Jun 29, 2018
Darcy Andersen
Snow still on trail. Bring traction for an easy summit.
Jun 28, 2018
Phat Ly
Jun 21, 2018
Aaqib Ansari
Jun 10, 2018
Allison Gerrits
Jan 2, 2018
Rachael Pahl

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any beta on hiking this in late June? weather, trail conditions etc? Mar 10, 2018
Alex McKenzie
Nevada city, CA
Alex McKenzie   Nevada city, CA
I remember hiking this trail for a 6th grade field trip, it was brutal! May 6, 2018
It's a definite ★★★★ hike, but let's be real about this trail. It's got some GREAT views but there isn't much in the way to look at along the trail. Some dirt, rocks, very few trees, very few wildflowers, and a little snow. But... as I said, the views are out of this world. Well worth the trip to the top. I rated the trail intermediate even though most areas are above 10% grade. There was no scrambling unless you wanted to go to the peak and that was only the last 0.1 miles. The trail is well maintained and smooth with a few steps and some loose gravel closer to the top. Every switchback seemed to offer a better view than the last. I went early in the morning on a weekday and only encountered about 5-7 people on the way up. On the way down I saw a good 20-30 people. I'm guessing it gets crowded on the weekends. If you aren't use to the altitude, I'd do a short hike like Mill Creek Falls (A ★★★★ hike) the day before to get use to the altitude. Take plenty of water. The trail is exposed the entire way. It could also be a little chilly and windy up at the top. I'll definitely do this one again! Jul 12, 2018

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