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“Very out of the world experience”

Boiling Springs Lake
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 14 February 2014

This area is rated highly and with reason. It is quite a geothermal event. Please note that during drought years and towards the end of summer not as active. Spring and early summer best during a wet year is even better. During wet conditions the very milky green lake can boil rapidly as the vents are covered with more water, and the ground can shake because of lake being full . Like being on Mars, waiting for Major Tom to walk out of the alien mists to ask if you know where ground control is.

Years ago during a very wet year I took my kids and they were scared (me too!) from the thumping ground. If you plan to see this and Devils Kitchen too plan for a long day, bring lunch, energy bars and plenty of water.

Access is via the small town of Chester near Lake Almanor- at mid town you head for Drakesbad to get to a little used Park Entrance (self registration strongly advised).

There are no services past Chester, and rough car camping near park entrance. You see a lot of Pacific Crest Trail hikers and they are always in a hurry it seems but if you bring extra water and some energy bars you can get them to stop, chat and snack for a moment and they can tell you some pretty amazing stories of the Mexico to Canada trail.

Mountain lions and Bears can be around- so be aware make noise so not to surprise a bear -never turn and run from a big cat- just act big and aggressive.

This can be one in a lifetime experience when the lake is working itself up, but even in fall or dry conditions one alien place.

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

This is an easy to moderate hike for about 45 mins to get to the lake from the trailhead. Now to reach the trailhead, there is a good amount of drive on a pretty lonely road..

The hike is pretty nice and enjoyable... on the way, there is a sign that says active bear area and it advises that if you are lonely keep making some noise so we just played some noisy songs on a decent volume since it was just me and my wife.

Once we reached the lake, the first thing that captured the attention was the water color and surrounding area. The area surrounding the lake is red and the water is greenish... makes for a pretty viewing... these colors are because of volcanic elements (sulphur i guess)

Overall, I think the hike was worth it and the lake even though its pretty small is very nice. I was hoping to see more boiling that there actually was... That's why no 5 stars... we saw occasional steam coming from the water but apart from that it was just greenish slightly thick water lake.. .still enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

This is a geothermal feature located in the Warner Valley section of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Reaching Boiling Springs Lake is an easy trail hike of about 2 ½ miles roundtrip past the Warner Valley meadow, through the forest, and up to the lake. This trail is on the Pacific Crest Trail so don’t be startled like I was if scruffy backpackers who look like they need a meal and a shower pass you on the path!

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Reviewed 19 August 2014
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