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“Take the Cinder Cone Trail to the top!”

Fantastic Lava Beds
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Owner description: A thick black sheet of lava covers several square miles.
Reviewed 2 September 2013

The route to the Butte Lake campground is the only way to get to the Cinder Cone Trail, which is an hour's drive eastwards from the northern entrance to the park. It includes a 7-mile dirt road which is entirely passable in normal passenger cars at a 15-20mph speed. The trip is entirely worth the time and effort! The trail is 4 miles round trip and takes 2-3 hours of moderate-to-strenuous hiking. It offers spectacular views of the Cinder Cone, the surrounding lava beds, painted dunes, lakes and remote peaks. You can also hike to the bottom of the Cone. See the pictures and judge for yourself!

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Several reviewers here seemed to have confused the Fantastic Lava Beds in Lassen Volcanic National Park with Lava Beds National Monument 100 miles to the north. As far as I know there are no caves (or ranger-led tours of such) in the former though Subway Cave, a lava tube, is about 10 miles north of the NW entrance to the Park, just off 89 1/4 mile past jct where 44 turns east. Subway Cave is a short self-guided tour that is worth the brief stop.

The Fantastic Lava Beds are nestled between Butte and Snag Lakes and Cinder Cone in the NE corner of the Park. The southern and western faces of the flow that we hiked past were quite dramatic, 50-80' in height. I actually enjoyed those views more than the eagle eye view atop Cinder Cone though you can see the two separate flows from that vantage point. The colorful Painted Dunes borders the NW flank of the beds. This is a great area for interesting photography.

Note that hiking on the dark cinders around the beds takes more effort and will be hot during summer.

7  Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

Well, firstly, they are quite Fantastic. And lava beds themselves are a quite unusual to see. So when they are actually lava beds, and fantastic, well, then, you have something...

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Reviewed 18 August 2015
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