Hat Creek Spattercone Trail
ElevationAscent: 253' 77 m
Descent: -253' -77 m
High: 4,685' 1,428 m
Low: 4,445' 1,355 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“A short self-guided nature trail loop across the Hat Creek lava flow area to view volcanic spattercone remnants.”— James Landry
The loop opens up at a fork just past the Pacific Crest Trail. The north side is a bit steeper and rockier and has the greatest density of sights (this is the way recommended by the Park Service guide pamphlet). This stretch of the trail is sun exposed, so bring water and sun protection, as well as keep an eye (and ear) out for rattlesnakes.
Follow the trail guide to see and learn about a bunch of fascinating volcanic features such as tumulus (lava bubbles that cooled into hollow dome structures) and the namesake spattercones. The spattercones are fun to run and climb around, and the higher points give great views of the surrounding mountains/volcanoes, including Sugarloaf and Lassen. Follow the loop back to the junction with the Pacific Crest, then back to your car.
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Land Manager: NPS - Lassen Volcanic National Park