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We hike the trails of Lassen National Park and Caribou Wilderness.  Our maps are free to you, the hiker.


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Devils Kitchen in-and-back

season:  Aug-Oct (snow Nov-June, mosquitos July)

length:  5.1 miles (+ 0.1 mile to Dream Lake)

elevation gain:  600'

elevation range:  5600-6100'

rules: Lassen National Park

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Devils Kitchen has nearly as impressive hydrothermal features as Bumpass Hell, but the setting here is more lush and less stark.

The meadow near Drakesbad is one of the finest in Lassen National Park, with abundant greenery and small creeks. Once past the meadow, the trail enters dense woods, and re-emerges at a collection of fumaroles set in a bowl alongside Hot Springs Creek. There are also bubbling mud pots; these usually are best in early season when there is more water from the snowmelt.

This is one of the best hikes in Lassen National Park.