It's not unusual to see a herd of deer at the base of the hill. Close-up of the oxidized cinder and ash: Painted Dunes: Jeffrey Pine along the trail: Jeffrey Pine: Lava flow going right up to the edge of Butte Lake : Nice aim: Top of Page or Home. Despite the distance we think this day-hike is well worth the extra miles, thanks to the great scenery en route. The miles are short, the elevation gain is small, but this hike is a butt kicker. Standing on the summit of this 350 year old mound of tiny rocks, you're now free to explore the criss-crossing trails which circle the rim without any fear of danger. The hike up is a slow walk on gravel. Especially, since I was 4 months pregnant as well. The shaded campground and trailhead parking lot is a great place to keep your car cool, and a good place to fill up the water bottles before picking up the trail just to the West of the lake. Cinder Cone: Amazing, unique hike - See 56 traveler reviews, 96 candid photos, and great deals for Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA, at Tripadvisor. You won’t regret. Snow covers the Lassen landscape for much of the year, closing roads and obscuring trails. Best time to hike because there isn’t any shade. Wear proper shoes since the trail has several lose rocks. Follow this road for seven miles to Butte Lake Campground, heading in a Southerly direction at all times. After the summit, you'll be relieved to hear that the trip back down the cone will be a much easier hike. Views are amazing!!! The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. As already stated, the trail is well marked, but when you reach the top, some people miss the trail that goes down on the back side. We took the scenic route of 5 miles and needed 1 to 2 L of water. Juniper Lake, Cinder Cone, Red Cinders Loop is a 23.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near McArthur, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. As already stated, the trail is well marked, but when you reach the top, some people miss the trail that goes down on the back side. There is no shade on the hike, so be prepared with lots of water! The trail follows the Western edge of this lava flow, tracing a path around the devastation and through thin pine forest. This video is unavailable. It’s a really unique experience. Hier kann hervorragend gewandert werden. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Some are in plain sight and others are overgrown and hidden by forest, but none are more recent and more spectacular than the Cinder Cone that created the Fantastic Lava Beds and the colorful Painted Dunes eleven miles north east of Lassen Peak. Spectacular. From here head up to Cinder Cone Summit. The trailhead to Cinder Cone is located in the northeast corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park at Butte Lake. Won’t see anything like this in continental US. This trail was the second route, after Peter Lassen's route, used by emigrants to travel across what is now Lassen Volcanic National Park. Length 23.8 mi Elevation gain 4,530 ft Route type Loop Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. Most of the Painted Dunes are hidden by the cone and trees from here. Of note: Google Maps thinks the dirt road from Hwy 44 is closed and refused to navigate us to the trailhead. http://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/trail_conditions.htm. Cinder Cone Nature Trail ist ein 4 Meilen langer, stark besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von Old Station, Kalifornien. One must hike up a cinder cone in Lassen to get an expansive view of the unique cinder cone area in the park. The shaded campground and trailhead parking lot is a great place to keep your car cool, and a good place to fill up the water bottles before picking up the trail just to the West of the lake. The Cinder Cone National Monument extended from Butte Lake in north to Snag Lake in the south and encompassed all of Cinder Cone and the area now known as Fantastic Lava Beds – approximately eight square miles.