Chaos Crags Trail

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6.4 km
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302 m
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Guiding you through the stunning alpine environment of Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Chaos Crags Trail is ideal for intermediate hikers and families with older children. Regarded as an excellent wildlife viewing route, the Chaos Crags Trail will not leave you disappointed!

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Route Description for Chaos Crags Trail

While not particularly long, the Chaos Crags Trail possesses a fair amount of elevation incline in relation to its distance, and is therefore likely not appropriate for beginner hikers and families with young children. We also recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots, as the terrain along the route is often uneven and rocky.

Having made it to the trailhead, follow the Chaos Crags Trail as it makes its way southeast. The terrain will begin to incline slightly as the route takes you alongside the northern shore of Manzanita Creek. After a few hundred feet, the Chaos Crags Trail will deviate from the creek shoreline and make its way northeast.

The route will cross several creeks before the elevation begins to incline sharply. Here the terrain is physically demanding, so take your time and be sure to take lots of water breaks. The Chaos Crags Trail will exit the forested section of the route and will begin to travel across a talice section where it is important you watch your footing. With the talice section completed, you will arrive at Crags Lake where you should take some time and enjoy the views before backtracking your steps towards the trailhead.

Getting to the Chaos Crags Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Chaos Crags Trail is located off of Lassen Peak Highway.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Manzanita Lake Campground

  • When to do


  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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