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Devastated Area Trail

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Short, interpretive trail in the area destroyed by the 1915 Lassen Peak eruptions, with many artifacts of the eruptions.


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0.3

Miles

0.4

KM

Point to Point

6,480' 1,975 m

High

6,471' 1,972 m

Low

11' 3 m

Up

9' 3 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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Family Friendly There are many placards that describe the destruction of the May 1915 Lassen Peak eruptions in detail with pictures and artifacts. A short, easy walking trail with a great learning experience.

Need to Know

Lassen Peak erupted in May 1915. The Lassen Peak summit is about three miles away. All the way from the Lassen Peak summit to here, the forest was swept away, and replace with mud and debris from the eruptions and ensuing mudflows and avalanche.

Description

From the parking area, the trail starts to the left (north) of the picnic table and toilets. It is wide, flat, and easy to follow as it loops through the firs that have re-populated this area since the 1915 eruptions. There are good views of this, barren side of Lassen Peak, to the west. Many artifacts such as very large boulders, and lava rocks and boulders with various volcanic features are found, labeled, and explained along the trail.

The trail loop rejoins the path from the parking area after 0.2 miles. It is well worth it to make a stop here and immerse oneself in a piece of history and geology. The placards explain this in detail and have historic photographs that are very interesting.

Flora & Fauna

Fir trees.

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Joan Pendleton

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Lassen Peak
Jun 27, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
Lassen Peak. Looking closely, the slopes are completely cleared of trees. These slopes were swept away in the May 1915 eruptions.
Sep 10, 2018 near Shingle…, CA
The Devastated Area Trail runs through an area that has recovered from being covered in ash, flying rock, and swept away by an avalanche in the May 1915 Lassen Peak eruptions.
Sep 10, 2018 near Shingle…, CA
Giant lava rock that was swept here from Lassen Peak, 3 miles away, by the rock avalanche following the May 19, 1915 eruption.
Sep 10, 2018 near Shingle…, CA

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Aug 28, 2020
Casey Chu
Jun 16, 2020
Bear Rinehart
Jun 5, 2020
David Hitchcock
Nice hike with lots of historic information with nice views of Lassen Peak. 0.4mi
Sep 6, 2019
Dennis Dixon
Aug 17, 2019
Z K
Aug 11, 2019
David Scott
Aug 5, 2019
Eric V
Jun 23, 2019
Bailey Ramler