14.5 miles
1,999 ft
-1,993 ft
1 mile
High Point

Ranked as one of the least-visited national parks in 2022, Lassen Volcanic National Park flies under the radar despite its stunning volcanic features spread throughout its 170 square miles. Visit for a chance to hike atop an active volcano covered in bubbling mud pots, hydrothermal pools, and roaring fumaroles (steam and volcanic gas vents). The Butte Lake to Snag Lake loop makes a 13-mile circle around the park’s two largest lakes, passing geologic marvels along the way like the ancient frozen flows of the Fantastic Lava Beds. Take a side trip to the top of the 700-foot-tall volcanic remnants of Cinder Cone at the southwest corner of the loop to catch a view of Prospect Peak and Lassen Peak in the distance. You’ll also get a birds-eye look at Snag Lake, the Fantastic Lava Beds, and the Painted Dunes below.

Detailed Description
Butte Lake to Snag Lake Loop is a 15 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Redding California. This hike primary route. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 1,999 ft with a max elevation of 6,888 ft then descends -1,993 ft.
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Escape the National Park Crowds and Hit These 6 Trails Near ‘The Sunniest City in California’ Instead
Jul 6, 2023 from backpacker.com
If hot weather, hydrothermal pools, and alpine hideaways are your vibe, you’ll love hiking near Redding, California.


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More Stats for Butte Lake to Snag Lake Loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    6 hr 23 min
  • Altitude change
    6 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,058 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,073 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,079 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile


  1. Walk southwest on Nobles Emigrant (Cinder Cone).
  2. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  3. Keep left to take Cinder Cone North.
  4. Continue for 500 meters.
  5. Turn left onto Cinder Cone Rim.
  6. Continue for 400 meters.
  7. Turn left onto Cinder Cone South.
  8. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  9. Bear left onto Snag Lake Loop.
  10. Continue for 600 meters.
  11. Keep right to take Rainbow Lake.
  12. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  13. Turn left onto Rainbow to Snag Lake.
  14. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  15. Turn right onto Snag Lake Loop.
  16. Continue for 900 meters.
  17. Turn left to stay on Snag Lake Loop.
  18. Continue for 10 kilometers.
  19. Keep left to take Butte Lake.
  20. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
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Butte Lake
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