Lassen Peak - Backpack and Hike near Mineral, California
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral, CA 96063, USA,Mineral,California
40.47420352801875, -121.50496423244476
9.9 miles NE of Mineral, California
Address: Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral, CA 96063, USA
GPS: 40°28'27.1"N 121°30'17.9"W
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State: California

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Lassen Peak is the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the second tallest volcano in Northern California. It is situated in Lassen Volcanic National Park, one of the few places in the world where all four types of volcanos can be found in one place. Part of the Cascade Range, Lassen Peak is the southernmost volcano in the range. It has not errupted since the early 1900's, though the devastated land from the erruptions helped to create Lassen Volcanic National Park. 

The peak can be climbed year-round, though wintertime sees a significant amount of snow on the trail. Sitting at 10,457 ft, Lassen Peak has a 5 mile round trip hike. This can take about 3-5 hours to hike and includes a steep 2,000 ft elevation gain. Hikers will begin the trek from the peak parking lot. Along the way, hikers will see fantastic views of some of the different areas of the park as well as one of the best views of the Devastated Area (the remaining aftermath of the early erruptions). Lassen Peak is an active volcano, however it is currently considered a dormant, active volcano. 

This trail is just one of the 150 miles of trails available throughout the Lassen Volcanic National Park. 

2.7K Written by cteicheira

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Mineral, California

  1. Head northeast on CA-36 E toward Aspen Ln (4.3 mi)
  2. Turn left onto CA-89 N/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (12.2 mi)
  3. Turn left
    Destination will be on the left
    (85 ft)
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