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PS: Not sure why Fantastic Lava Beds is title of this attraction; It should be rightly be titled Cinder Cone. I do not think many people would travel to this remote area (the last 6 miles of which is unpaved) to see the "Fantastic" Lava...More
I thought this was pretty awesome.
We bought torches for all our kids and we spent and hour wondering across and back. It is really interesting and out kids found the whole experience thrilling.
It is a short walk from the car park, but there...More
This is on the way to the cinder cone hike. Very flat and easy to get to these huge chunks of hardened lava that spewed from the cinder cone volcano so long ago. They lead back to the lake too so you can see them...More
We visited the Cinder Cone dormant volcano at Fantastic Lava Beds. It's a about a 7 mile dirt road to the beginning of the 4 mile round trip hike. Our honda minivan made it just fine. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the top of...More
The walk along the Fantastic Lava Beds is easy enough (deep sandy trail, mostly shady). Cinder Cone at the end of the trail is something else entirely and is listed separately in TripAdvisor. This walk is shady along the edge of the lava beds, which...More
The Butte Lake Area of Lassen is remote, but still interesting. It's about 6 miles off Highway 44. Unpaved, but more manageable than some of the other unpaved roads in the park. There is a campground and a day use area near the lake which...More
The beds are large chunks of lava that came out of the base of the Cinder Cone. The top of much of them are coated with cinders that changed color depending on the heat of the lava they landed on, giving the top surface a...More
Starting at Butte Lake, you walk by this amazing lava flow, apparently laid down in the 17th Century. After walking by the Fantastic Lava Beds, you come up to Cinder Cone, which is a 400 foot high, well, cinder cone. The hike up is pretty...More