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: Spattercone Day Use Area is open through November 15, 2015.  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: April through November.
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: Moderate
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