Trailhead at 40.5687, -121.2977
Length: about 4 miles
Level: Moderate to base of Cinder cone. Strenuous including the climb.
The photos in this post were taken during several trips there and, therefore, they show different seasons and lighting patterns.
|Butte Lake, view to the east. Photo taken by a friend who was hiking with us.|
|Fall colors along route 32N21. Photo taken by a friend who was hiking with us.|
|Map taken from Lassen Volcanic National Park brochure. Cinder Cone trail labeled yellow upper-right corner).|
"Are we going to climb that???" were the words of my father-in-law on our first visit to Cinder Cone.
|Standing 750' tall over its surroundings - Cinder Cone.|
|Cinder Cone and its lava beds as seen from space. Photo taken from Wikipedia|
|Lassen Peak, 10462 ft tall. Last eruption: 1917.|
At the foot of Cinder Cone there are The Painted Dunes: low hills of fine cinders spotted with circles of mineral-containing soil. The dunes are dotted with pine trees that look almost bonsai-size from above. This is the place to mention that although very tempting, it is absolutely forbidden to leave the trail and go climb these dunes. With the extremely slow weathering happening in this area, every foot print or tire mark remains there for a very long time indeed. Lesson learned the hard way: on the dune face near the trail there are tire marks over 30 years old, like a mark of Cain.
The devastation area stretching all the way to Butte Lake to the north-east.
|North-eastern view from Cinder Cone.|
|The double-rim crater of Cinder Cone.|
|A small pine tree on top of Cinder Cone.|
|Fall colors on top of Cinder Cone. Photo taken by a friend who was hiking with us.|
|The crater of Cinder Cone. Photo taken by a friend who was hiking with us.|
|West Cinder cone trail. Photo taken by a friend who was hiking with us.|