Spattercone Nature Trail

Area Status: 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: Hike along the fissure of the Hat Creek Lava Flow.  Check out the cones and craters and enjoy a spectacular view of Lassen Peak to the south.
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.


Day Hiking

Status: Open
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.

Visitor Programs

Contact the Hat Creek Ranger District Office to schedule a tour for your group.

Interpretive Areas



Interpretive Site:
Picnic tables:
Drinking water: April - October

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities