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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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Kings Gorge loop

season:  mid Aug-Oct (snow Nov-June, mosquitos July, high water until early Aug)

length:  16.8 miles

elevation gain:  2100'

elevation range:  5200-7100'

rules: Lassen National Park

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This the shortest of the three uber hikes.  It makes a very long day hike, or do it as an overnight.

You can do a brief shuttle with a bicycle or car, but it is probably easier to just walk the 1.2 miles of lightly used road between the trailheads.  The 16.8 miles listed for this hike includes the road walk.

The ford of Kings Creek at Mile 2.6 is in a deep canyon, where the water rages at flood time.  It is the biggest creek forded by any trail in Lassen Hiking area.  Usually it is easy by late summer, but you may get your feet wet.  At higher water it is dangerous.

Much of the eastern part of the park is gentle, serene, lovely.  This hike has that too, but also has the impressive Kings Gorge, and a plunging descent from above Juniper Lake down to the trailhead in Warner Valley.