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Cinder Cone
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Mineral
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

This trail is a good hike, but you should be in moderate to decent shape. It is like two steps up and 1 step back. But once you get to the top, you have great views, and its pretty fun and accomplishing to check it out. Recommended for anyone who likes a good hike up.

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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Go early as it can get very hot.

The views are breathtaking as is the climb to the top.

The geology/volcanology is fascinating. The biology (distribution of plants) is intriguing.

Thank Hal_G_Humboldt
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Cinder Cone is a little volcano. From the top you can see the Painted Dunes (beautiful multi-colored dunes formed from ash from Cinder Cone), the Fantastic Lava Beds (a huge 17th-century lava seep that spreads far from Cinder Cone, around the painted dunes and between two lakes), Butte Lake, Snag Lake, Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain, Red Cinder Cone, Prospect Peak and more of Lassen's unique geology. The top of Cinder Cone is doughnut shaped and you can walk all around the rim and even spiral into the center (which has long since filled in with cinder). It is a rare experience to be able to stand on top of a volcano and look all around at how the volcano and its environs have interacted over time and Lassen has so much gorgeous nature on display.
The hike up is DIFFICULT. Really difficult. The Cinder Cone is steep and made of sand and gravel so you can never get good footing. It requires a lot of effort to get to the top. But, man is it worth it!
The trail to Cinder Cone is just over a mile and there is a interpretive guide with information about Cinder Cone, the Fantastic Lava beds, Prospect Peak and the Emigrant Trail.

3  Thank Sarah R
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

Don't be fooled by this volcanic hike: it does take a couple hours round trip even tho it doesn't look that far to climb. The volcanic cinders that compose the path make for a strenuous climb and a very interesting descent. And the 360 degree views from the top: simply breathtaking.

Thank Carole Q
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