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Lightly used pretty forest trail in the eastern backcountry of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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7,652' 2,332 m


6,070' 1,850 m


1,611' 491 m


1,140' 347 m



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Features Commonly Backpacked · Geological Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

There is not much water from Widow Lake until one nears Jakey Lake, a 5 mile stretch, so make sure to carry enough water here.


Widow Lake to Snag Lake Trail is found in the fir forest at the south end of Butte Lake, at a well marked trail junction at the 2.3 mile mark along Butte Lake to Snag Lake Trail (East). Follow the arrows southeast here to run Widow Lake to Snag Lake Trail.

Widow Lake to Snag Lake Trail is entirely in fir forest so views are limited. The trail starts by climbing up to Widow Lake along the lake's outlet creek, a seasonal creek. This climb gets a bit steep and covered with deadfall as it nears Widow Lake. If you lose the trail, just keep going up to where it's rather obvious that Widow Lake should be. Along Widow Lake, the trail is obvious and easy to follow.

Leaving Widow Lake behind, Triangle Lake-Caribou Trail is soon reached at the 2.0 mile mark. Keep to the right and continue south here to stay on Widow Lake to Snag Lake Trail. For the next 2.7 miles the trail climbs gradually through the forest to Red Cinder Pass at 7,652 feet. In places the trail becomes a bit faint over this stretch - watch carefully for cut logs, yellow dot markers, and boot prints to make sure to stay on trail.

Red Cinder Pass is a forested, relatively long, flat pass between Red Cinder, 8,375 ft., to the east, and Red Cinder Cone, 8,008 ft., to the west. Unfortunately, one only gets glimpses of these two peaks through the trees of the forested Red Cinder Pass. It's not obvious why this area is named RED Cinder, as there is not much red, but there are some dark red rocks and one huge dark red boulder along the trail.

Descending the pass' south side there is a short steep stretch, and then the trail descends gradually to its end point. At about the 6.0 mile mark, the trail begins to pass several small lakes. The ground cover also becomes thicker as the trail drops. The largest of these lakes, Jakey Lake, is passed at the 7.5 mile mark. The round forested summit of Red Cinder can be seen across Jakey Lake near the lake's west end.

Widow Lake to Snag Lake Trail ends in the forest after 9.2 miles, at a trail junction with Juniper Lake to Snag Lake Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Pretty fir forest. Bright green pinemat manzanita ground cover in areas, other areas are relatively bare of ground cover. Deer.


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Joan Pendleton

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Looking up at ancient Red Cinder Cone on the west side of Red Cinder Pass. It's not very red for having the name Red Cinder Cone, wonder why....
Jun 29, 2021 near Chester, CA
A giant red boulder along the trail at the forested Red Cinder Pass.
Jun 29, 2021 near Chester, CA
As the trail climbs higher, it goes through sections of fir forest with little ground cover. Yellow dot trail markers help guide the way.
Jun 29, 2021 near Chester, CA
Forested Red Cinder, 8,375 ft., can barely by seen through the fir forest here on the east side of Red Cinder Pass.
Jun 29, 2021 near Chester, CA
Widow Lake to Snag Lake Trail winds through the thin fir forest with beautiful bright green pinemat manzanita carpeting the ground.
Jun 29, 2021 near Chester, CA
Beautiful, high, thin fir forest with low growing pinemat manzanita ground cover.
Jun 29, 2021 near Chester, CA



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