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This short, but steep trail leads one mile to a set of alpine lakes. In early summer snow melt joins these two lakes into one.

The trail to Ridge Lakes begins from the Ridge Lakes/Sulphur Works Trailhead a mile north of the Southwest Entrance of the park. Begin the route by hiking northward from the parking area. The trail follows the western bank of West Sulphur Creek to the lakes. During the first half mile the trail also parallels another small creek leading between the two small waterways. This route gains elevation steadily the entire way to the lakes for a total gain of 980 feet in one mile. Once you reach the lakes you'll notice four high peaks surrounding the Ridge Lakes basin. These peaks: Pilot Pinnacle, Mt. Diller, Brokeoff Mountain and Diamond Peak, form the rim of the ancient volcano, Mount Tehama, that once covered this area.

Directions: From Southwest Entrance, Drive 1 mile northward on Highway 89 to the Ridge Lakes/Sulphur Works Trailhead.

Elevation: 7,000 feet

Ending Elevation: 7,990 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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