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The trail to Inspiration Point leads one half mile north from Juniper Lake to a viewpoint of many features within the park.

This short, but steep trail leads hikers to a vista of many of the Lassen Volcanic National Park features. From this 7,200-foot peak visitors will be rewarded to views to the north, south and west. The elevation gain to this viewpoint is 440 feet and well worth it on a clear day.

Begin the hike to Inspiration Point from the parking area at the Juniper Lake Ranger Station. From the parking area hike eastward on the dirt road a short distance to the Inspiration Point Trailhead. Turn left on to the trail, which leads northward out of the Juniper Lake basin.

The trail leads in a steady, but not dramatically steep ascent to Inspiration Point. The point lies along the ridge line that forms the northeastern crest of the basin of Juniper Lake. From this perspective Mt. Harkness, Saddle Mountain and Pilot Mountain can be seen to the south. Snag Lake, Mount Hoffman and Crater Butte can be seen to the north. You'll also notice Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain and Chaos Crags to the west.

Directions: From Chester, Drive eastward on Highway 36 to Chester Valley Road. Turn left on this road and travel one mile to Juniper Lake Road. Turn right on Juniper Lake Road and drive northward. The road turns to dirt 7.5 miles before reaching the campground. Pass the campground and continue northward 2 miles to the trailhead by the ranger station. Park your vehicle and walk a short distance eastward on the road to the Inspiration Point Trailhead.

Elevation: 6,780 feet

Ending Elevation: 7,200 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate

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Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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