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Cinder Cone Trail

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 4.7 (15)

Climb up a volcanic crater to navigate its rim and scramble down inside!


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.3

KM

83%

Runnable

6,851' 2,088 m

High

6,291' 1,917 m

Low

659' 201 m

Up

394' 120 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

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Features Geological Significance · Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

The trail up the cinder cone is very steep and unconsolidated, so expect to get things in your shoes if you try to run it!

Description

Pass the main access to the cinder cone (Cinder Cone Trail N. Access). A short time later, turn left onto the trail that seems to circle the cinder cone.

Run around the cinder cone, then turn left up its eastern/southeastern flank. The trail is steep, cinder, and less maintained than the trail up the northwestern flank.

Once on the rim, run along the outer rim (0.6 miles) for outstanding views of Mt. Lassen and the surrounding colorful cinder fields. Or, run around the inner rim (0.5 miles) for an in-crater experience without needing the stamina required to reach the bottom.

There is also a trail to the bottom of the crater (0.1 miles one way), but be prepared to run back up the very steep trail!

Contacts

Shared By:

Anne Travels with improvements by Joan Pendleton

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 15 votes

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#297

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#1

in Butte Lake

#30

in California

#297

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Photos

Lassen Peak behind Painted Dunes
Jun 27, 2020 near Chester, CA
Painted Dunes and Lassen Peak
Jun 27, 2020 near Chester, CA
Lassen Peak across the Cinder Cone crater
Jun 27, 2020 near Chester, CA
Approaching the Painted Dunes (center) from the north on Butte Lake to Snag Lake Trail (West).  Mount Harkness (center left), 8,046 ft., is in the far distance to the south.
Jun 29, 2021 near Chester, CA
Butte Lake from the rim of Cinder Cone
Jun 27, 2020 near Chester, CA
Inside the Cinder Cone crater
Apr 3, 2020 near Chester, CA

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