The trail to the top of Lassen Peak begins at the peak parking area at an elevation of 8,500 feet. The popular trail is 2.5 miles one-way to the summit. There are many fantastic vistas of the park and surrounding areas from the trail. The summit provides one of the most spectacular views of the Devastated Area, a view from the top looking down. This view is the best vantage point to contemplate the power of the 1914-17 eruptions.

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Expert Review of Lassen Peak

Active and Adventure Review of Lassen Peak

Away Travel Expert: Karen Kefauver
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ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Trekking and Backpacking,Walking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Highway 89, the main park road, can sometimes be closed due to snow or ice, so check the weather and road reports in the winter before you head out.
  • Lassen Peak is the largest of the volcanic domes in the area. The Lassen Peak hike is a steep one with a 2,000-foot elevation gain beginning at elevation 8,500 feet. The hike is five miles, round trip, and can take between three and five hours.


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