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Cold Boiling and Crumbaugh Lakes Trails

Basics
Location:
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Length:
0.8 miles - 4.6 miles one way
Difficulty:
Easy,
Intermediate
Time:
.75 - 4 hours one way.
Trailhead Elevation:
7400 feet

Description

The trail is fairly level to Cold Boiling Lake, and then descends to Crumbaugh Lake. The trail becomes flat and passes through several meadows at the base of Mt. Conard. The trail then descends a steep grade to Mill Creek Falls. From Mill Creek Falls the trail follows a steady incline to the Southwest Campground. A one way trip to the campground, arranging for transportation at the lower end, makes an ideal, easy, half-day hike.

This little-traveled area is excellent for birds, wildflowers, and deer. The meadow along the shore of Crumbaugh Lake has a variety of wildflowers and the meadows past Crumbaugh Lake are ideal for wildlife viewing.

Cold Boiling Lake is so named because gas bubbles are continually rising at some points near the shore.

Details

Location:
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Length:
0.8 miles - 4.6 miles one way
0.8 miles to Cold Boiling Lake, 1.3 miles to Crumbaugh Lake, 3 miles to Mill Creek Falls, 4.6 miles to Southwest Campground
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Time:
.75 - 4 hours one way.
Trailhead Elevation:
7400
Additional Details:
Alternate Route: An alternate route would be to head towards Bumpass Hell from Cold Boiling Lake and arrange for transportation at the Bumpass Hell parking lot. This trip is 2.5 miles one way with a steady 750 foot incline. Allow 3 hours including a 30 minute stop at the Bumpass Hell boardwalk.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Begins at Kings Creek Picnic Area

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