Spattercone Nature Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Self-guided interpretive trail through the origin of the Hat Creek Lava Flow.  See spatter cones, craters, and a beautiful view of the Hat Creek Valley.  Loop trail, approximately 1.7 miles long.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Come and explore the cones and craters along the fissure that created the Hat Creek Lava FLow.  Be sure to bring plenty of water as shade is scarce.
Operational Hours: dawn to dusk
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Usage: Medium
Best Season: spring/summer/fall
Busiest Season: weekends and holidays
Water: yes
Restroom: vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: The trail is mainly exposed, bring plenty of water.

General Information


Accessible restrooms and interpretive kiosk.  Trail paved for a short distance.


Hwy 89/44, approximately 1.5 miles south of Hwy 89/44 junction in Old Station.


Large parking area with turn around, adequate for buses and RV's.



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Day Hiking

Status: Temporarily closed
Best Season: spring/summer/fall
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Access the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail from the Spatter Cones Nature Trail.  Enjoy a short stroll or pack out for the night.

Outdoor Learning

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Picnic tables
Interpretive Site
Drinking water April - October
Fire Danger Level: Very High
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