Best of Lassen Volcanic Basecamp

Sacramento, CA

Trip Highlights

  • Summit Lassen Peak
  • Volcanic Features
  • Stunning Waterfalls
  • Mountain Lakes
  • Relaxing Basecamp
  • Diversity of Hikes
  • Fascinating Natural History

Description

Join Wildland Trekking for a 5 day, 4 night hiking and camping adventure as we explore all Lassen Volcanic National Park has to offer! Our professional transportation partner picks guests up at the designated hotel in Sacramento the first morning for transport to the Park, where the guide is waiting with camp all ready for our week of adventure. Over the following days we’ll explore the area on a series of memorable day hikes that showcase the wonders of this incredibly unique national park. Our hikes visit thermal features, waterfalls, mountain lakes, incredible views, lava beds, cinder cones, calderas and culminate with an ascent of the 10,463 ft Lassen Peak itself!

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers stunning mountain scenery plus amazing volcanic features – and minus the crowds of other California national parks. Come join us for a week of hiking and discovery you’ll remember forever!

5 Days
$1820 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Basecamp Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 22+MI / 35+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-7 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
2600 feet day hiking
Most Elevation Gain:
2600 feet day hiking
Quality of Trails:
Maintained with rugged sections
Additional:
This trip follows mostly well maintained trails, but there are some rugged sections that may be considered strenuous.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with occasional break

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Lassen Volcanic National Park trip a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

Sacramento International Airport is one of the most easily accessed destinations in the country. Many major cities in the United States and internationally offer direct flights into Sacramento. We recommend staying in a hotel near the airport.

PRIVATE TRIPS

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.3
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.2
  • 6-8 People: Rate x 1.1
  • 9-12 People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Hiking Mileage: varies
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 300 feet

This trip begins with pick up at Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento-Airport-Natomas for transportation to the Park by our private shuttle partner. Your guide will be busy setting up camp and getting ready for the week while you enjoy a comfortable, scenic drive to the Park. (You can also rendezvous with the group at the Park if you prefer.) After rendezvousing with your guide, we’ll have a quick meeting and breakfast, then set off for our first hike of the week. Today’s outing takes us to Bumpass Hell, the largest and most popular hydrothermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park known for its boiling mud pots and steaming pools. After exploring the wonders of this amazing area and sitting down for a great trail lunch, we will make our way toward Manzanita Lake and Campground, our home for the next four nights.  We’ll get settled into camp and enjoy our first delicious, outdoor dinner prepared by your guide(s). After dinner many guests choose to enjoy a hike around the lake through the peaceful pine forests.

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 7.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2600 feet

On day two we tackle what the rangers in Lassen regard as their favorite hike, Broke-off Mountain. Broke-off Mountain is a large remnant of a massive stratovolcano called Mount Tehama. The hike takes us through a beautiful riparian zone before going up to 9,200 ft, well above tree line. The views from the top are superb and include Lassen Peak, Mount Shasta and the ancient Tehama Caldera.

After our hike we’ll head back to camp for a dip in the lake, some relaxation and another hearty dinner prepared by your guide(s).

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1600 feet

Today is truly a highlight of the trip as we trek past the Fantastic Lava Beds and climb Cinder Cone. We will shuttle up to Butte Lake and begin our trek to the cone. Cinder Cone is a 700 ft high volcanic cone with a massive crater. Flows from the eruption formed the Fantastic Lava Beds, spectacular in their own right and visible along our trek. As we ascend to the top of the cone, we can see 360-degree views of Lassen Peak, Chaos Crags, and the Painted Dunes, giving us a breathtaking backdrop for a delicious picnic lunch. Eventually we’ll head back to Butte Lake and to our camp for another relaxing evening.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1070 feet

Today’s hike takes us to beautiful King Creek Falls and the Sifford Lakes. The first mile of the trail passes along Lower Kings Meadow and then descends to a wonderful overlook of roaring Kings Creek Falls. We will pause to soak up the scenery and then continue on toward Bench Lake. From Bench Lake we climb steadily to the stunning Sifford Lakes Basin. Your guide will prepare a tasty picnic giving guests plenty of time to enjoy the view or take a dip in the lake. After lunch, we will loop around above Bench Lake and head back to our trailhead. Tonight we enjoy our final evening and dinner as a group before turning in for an important night of sleep to prepare for our ascent of Lassen Peak in the morning!

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000 miles

Today is the day we have been preparing for, the ascent of Lassen Peak. Lassen Peak is the second largest volcano in Northern California, and the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range. It is still active today, making it even more special. The peak is visible from nearly every other hike we have done, so it only makes sense to end the trip on a high note, literally.

We will get an early start as we make our way up to the trailhead. The trail to the summit climbs rapidly in a short distance but is well worth the hard work. The 360 degree views from the top of the peak are remarkable. Here we will take in the views, eat another great trail lunch and eventually make our way back down to the trailhead. After stretching our tired muscles we’ll enjoy a scenic drive back to the Park entrance, where our shuttle partner from Day 1 will transport you in comfort back to Sacramento.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Going Fast

GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified California hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and ending in Sacramento, CA
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the outdoors – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

This trip originates in Sacramento, California at 6:00 AM on Day 1 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento-Airport-Natomas. We recommend staying at this hotel, as the group will depart directly from here and return to this hotel on Day 5. If you prefer, you can also rendezvous with your guide and group in Lassen Volcanic National Park at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitors center (near the southwest entrance station to Lassen Volcanic National Park) around 8:30 AM the morning the trip begins.  Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the first day’s rendezvous.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

The first day’s rendezvous time is 6:00 AM in Sacramento or 8:30 AM in Lassen Volcanic National Park, although the time could change depending on current weather and road conditions. We will be out of the backcountry normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time) on the final day.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Shifts

California guides work daily shifts from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. During off hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) the guides’ time is their own, and they are free to sleep, rest, take personal time, postpone guest requests until the next morning, and any other legal, reasonable activity people engage in when not working. We ask all guests to respect the guides’ off-duty hours by not waking or asking anything of them unless there is a true emergency. Also, state law requires that employees receive an uninterrupted 10 minute break every four working hours, so guides are required to take four 10 minute breaks between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on basecamp trips is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather on Mount Lassen

Being a high mountain environment, Mount Lassen is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (FAHRENHEIT)

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Month Low Hi
June 79° 34°
July 84° 40°
August 85° 40°
September 78° 36°
October 69° 30°

Accommodations

Accommodations

National Park Campground

4 NIGHTS

This basecamp tour stays at a national park campground near the shores of Manzanita Lake with views of the high country. It has coin-operated showers that are included with the tour.

Fantastic Meals

14 MEALS

Basecamp trips include meals for the duration of the tours beginning with breakfast the first day through lunch the final day. Meals are prepared by your guide(s) using fresh ingredients, exclusive Wildland recipes, and we adhere to all department of health outdoor cooking codes.

Comfortable Camping

CAMPING AMENITIES

What amenities do basecamp tours include? Cold and hot drinks, campfires (where/when allowed), camp chairs, access to showers, fresh food, roomy tents, comfortable sleeping pads, comfy sleeping bags, camp pillows and more! Camp comfortably, eat like royalty, and hike til your heart’s content!

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