Lassen County – Hike to Boiling Hot Springs… Relax at A Secluded Guest Ranch… Get Up Close and Personal
with Wild Horses & More…

Lassen County - an outdoor lover's paradise.

Can you imagine… enjoying any place more beautiful than where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains meet the desert of the Great Basin?
 
Sitting in scenic Northeastern California, this county borders Modoc County to the north… Shasta County to the west… Plumas County to the south… and the state of Nevada to the east.

Picture yourself kicking back at one of the local bed and breakfasts, like... St. Bernard Lodge.

Or... exploring underground lava tubes just outside Old Station near Lassen Park.

Keep your eyes open for a look out on highway 44 just up the hill from Old Station where you can see both Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen.
 
Water-ski, fish, camp, hike, relax and unwind. It's a place for the whole family to enjoy.
 
With so much to discover… we thought we'd just touch on 6 adventures to enjoy when you visit.
 
And of course what better way to start than with…

Lassen Volcanic National Park...

  • Abundant old-growth forests, mountain streams and lakes, and almost every type of volcanic feature imaginable
  • Camping, boating, fishing, stargazing, bird watching, kayaking and more
  • Hydrothermal explorations… including boiling mud pots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles and sulfurous gases
  • Climb to the top of the 10,457 ft Lassen Peak and look down into its crater
  • Waterfalls of Lassen are exceptional, starting with Kings Creek Falls
  • Mill Creek Falls is the tallest fall within the park at 69 feet tall
  • West Fork Hat Creek Falls is a mere 31 feet tall, but consists of a series of four very pretty falls, and the hike is easy

Hiking Lassen National Park in Lassen County is probably the most popular of all activities within the parks boundaries.
 
Before you head out on your journey, be sure to check with the park rangers to find out how far each place is that you want to hike to.
 
Also check to see if the climbing is easy enough for the whole family to enjoy or whether it's more moderate or even advanced such that you need to really be in shape.
 
So… let's explore each of the park four regions.

In the South Park Road Region you'll explore places like…

  • Mill Creek Falls 
  • Brokeoff Mountain 
  • Ridge Lakes
  • Bumpass Hell
  • Lassen Peak
  • Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes
  • Terrace, Shadow and Cliff Lakes
  • Kings Creek Falls, and
  • Sulphur Works

In the North Park Road Region check out…

  • Echo Lake
  • Paradise Meadow
  • Manzanita Lake
  • Lily Pond Nature Trail
  • Devastated Area Interpretive Trail
  • Crags Lake and
  • Manzanita Creek

In the Butte Lake Region discover Cinder Cone and Prospect Peak.

And finally, in Warner Valley, Drakesbad, and Juniper Lake Region there's…

  • Mount Harkness 
  • Devil’s Kitchen and 
  • Boiling Springs Lake

Hydrothermal Area Danger - For your safety, please stay on established trails and boardwalks.

The ground in hydrothermal areas can look solid but may actually be a thin crust hiding pools of acidic boiling water or mud.
 
Traveling off-trail in these areas may result in severe injury. So… please stay on the trail and boardwalks for your safety.

Okay… so here's a few steamy spots to see in Lassen County…

Bumpass Hell - is the largest hydrothermal area in the park in Lassen County.
 
Take the boardwalk through a 16-acre bowl of plopping mudpots, bubbling pools, and roaring steam vents - including the super hot Big Boiler.

Like we said… Bumpass Hell is the largest hydrothermal area in the park… marking the principal area of up-flow of steam and gaseous discharges from the Lassen hydrothermal system.

Bumpass Hell in Lassen National Park

Temperatures of high-velocity steam jetting from Big Boiler - the largest fumarole in the park - have been measured as high as 322°F (161°C)… making it one of the hottest fumaroles in the world.

Sulphur Works - Is the park's most easily accessed hydrothermal area. It features boiling mudpots and steam vents viewable using a sidewalk.
 
Devils Kitchen - in the Warner Valley area - leads to this bubbling cauldron. Explore steam vents, mudpots, and boiling pools on a short loop.

Boiling Springs Lake - accessed from the Warner Valley trailhead, leads to a bubbling lake with a temperature of the lake around 125 degrees. Mudpots and steam vents line part of the shore and drainage creeks.
 
So… be careful to stay on clearly marked trails in this area. The ground around the lake is unstable and  traveling in these areas may result in severe injury.

Terminal Geyser - even though this is not a true geyser… this gigantic steam vent - in the Warner Valley - puts on quite a spectacular show spurting steam from the middle of a creek!

The steam heated waters are typically acidic and are not safe, even for bathing… except at Drakesbad Guest Ranch.
 
But be sure to pay attention to the signs and please stay on the boardwalks the park has provided. We want you to have a good experience when you come to Lassen County.

Drakesbad Guest Ranch - located in Warner Valley in Lassen County

Drakesbad Guest Ranch offers accommodations of cabins, bungalows and even a rustic two-story lodge. Meals are included, and everyone eats together in the dining hall.
 
There's no electricity. But don't let that detour you. Just imagine the ultimate in peace and quiet.

Spend you day horseback riding or fly-fishing. How about paddling a canoe on their small lake or taking a dip in their swimming pool fed by natural hot springs.
 
And there's hiking trails where you'll enjoy the breath-taking views of the area.

Manzanita Lake - is the 'Golden Pond' of Lassen County

Manzanita Lake Campground is the largest campground in Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Within walking distance of the scenic Manzanita Lake, it's a popular fishing and family destination.
 
The Manzanita Lake Camping Cabins - 20 cabins - near the northeast entrance provide the convenience, economy, and security of rustic family cabins - 3 different models…

  • 2 Room 
  • 1 Room, and 
  • Bunk Style

Manzanita Lake Campground has 179 campsites and offers sites on a first-come, first-served basis. And there's even a full-service convenience store and gift shop.

Rent single and double kayaks for the day  or you can bring your own as long as it's non-motorized. You know… something like a kayak, float tube, or even a paddle board.

Wild Horses at the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lassen County

Located near Shingletown on 5,000 acres of beautiful mountain and forest land, sits the Wild Horse Sanctuary. It's home to around 300 wild mustangs and burros.

Wild horses at Wild Horse Sanctuary

Open to the public for wild horse viewing, the sanctuary conducts other things to do.
 
Just imagine you and your whole family taking…

  • pack trips into the mountains
  • 2-3 day trail rides
  • 4 day cattle drives, and even
  • 4-6 day cattle round ups

Who called McArthur-Burney Falls the 'Eighth Wonder of the World?

Burney Falls - This 129-foot waterfall has been called one of the most beautiful falls in California. President Theodore Roosevelt called it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

Unique because it's not fed by a river. This awe-inspiring beauty is fed by large springs above and within the falls. A 910-acre park…the perfect place for any nature lover.

McArthur-Burney Falls

Imagine over five miles of trails to explore on foot or on horseback. And over five miles of streams and lake shoreline to go fishing, swimming or just kicking back and relaxing.

Want to spend a night or two? Then… check out the numerous campsites.

Lake Britton - 7 miles of outdoor heaven

Lake Britton - a 1,265 acre reservoir that's about 7 miles long… where you and your whole family can enjoy…

  • Waterskiing 
  • Wakeboarding 
  • Tubing
  • Kayaking and
  • Swimming 

You can either rent a boat or canoe from the rental places or bring your own. Public boat launches and docks let you back right in and unload.

How about mountain biking, hiking, or fishing for…

  • Bass 
  • Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Trout and
  • Carp

Would you rather just find a place where you can relax? Great check out their camping areas too.

Go hiking or mountain biking along the extensive trails. Some of the trails loop around the lake and run all the way back to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.

So... what are you waiting for...

...we've just touched on a few things to do in Lassen County. There's much, much more.

Let’s go explore Lassen County!


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