4 days

Mileage | Rating

24 Miles

Moderate – Strenuous

Map and Elevation



Meeting Location | Time

Juniper Lake Trailhead

12 pm


See what the Cinder Cone Loop has to offer!


There are four types of volcanoes in the world and Lassen Volcanic National Park has all four types! On this 4 day/3 night trek you will be guided from the south end of the park at Juniper Lake to the Cinder Cone at the north end of the park. We will be backpacking an average of 7 miles a day with an average 700 ft of elevation gain. Each night we will be camping at a lake, so bring your swimsuit! On the second day of this trip we will wake up before the sun to catch the sunrise and amazing views of the park from the top of Cinder Cone. Total mileage for this adventure is 23.6 miles.

Check out the Cinder Cone Loop Backpacking Trip!


For a detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here: Map.


Day 1: Meet your guide at the Juniper Lake parking area at 12 pm.  Your guide will help you do a pack check and give a helpful packing demonstration.  Depending on your group, a quick introduction will take place before heading out to Snag Lake, a five mile hike.

Day 2: Now on the trail, your guide will greet you with warm drinks ready to go, prepare your breakfast and help you begin breaking down camp.  Once everyone is ready to hit the trail a quick stretching circle and daily debrief will take place. Your journey will take you 8 miles, stopping at the base of the Cinder Cone for lunch. After lunch, head to the top of the Cinder Cone volcano for some great views of the park. From there we will hike down into the crater of this volcano. After hiking the volcano we’ll continue our hike further into the wilderness to Lower Twin Lakes. Once at the lakes, you’ll be able to relax and cool off by the lake while your guide cooks up a hearty dinner.


Day 3: With a morning routine falling into place, you will again be greeted with a warm drink as we break down camp and prepare breakfast.  Today’s hike will be 7 miles to Indian Lake. Our journey to Indian Lake will take us past Crater Butte and Horseshoe Lake. Once at Indian Lake we will settle in, take a dip in the lake and chow down on some dinner.


Day 4: 

Wake up to a warm drink and a meal. We will then pack up camp and begin the day’s journey back to Juniper Lake. The hike back to Juniper Lake is 3.6.



We include backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, trekking poles, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST as needed. All profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.

Note: All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although our success rate is 98%, should we not obtain the exact trail-head, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Lasting Adventures is recognized for its commitment to safety and risk management. Itineraries may be changed in order to minimize risk exposure.

*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain around mid-late February. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.


Cancellation Policy/Traditional Backpacking

Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, lastingadventures.com. If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or bookyogaretreats.com, the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.

If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:

  • More than 90 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund. (*Exception: our Lodging/Hiking package has a $100 non-refundable processing fee per room booked.)
  • Between 90 and 61 days prior to the trip start date, we will you a full refund minus a $50/person processing fee.
  • Between 60 and 46 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 25 percent of the trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
  • Between 45 and 31 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 50 percent of the trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
  • Less than 31 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund or credit.
  • There will be no cost for cancellations for trips we are unable to run due to closures and/or restrictions by government officials. We will make departure determinations for trips 7 days in advance of the departure date. Refunds for trips not able to be run will be processed within 5 days of the intended departure date and can only be processed back to the original payment method used for the current trip. 
    • Exception: We may make this determination 15 days in advance for Lodging Packages. 
    • Any portion of a trip purchased with a credit from a previous year will revert back to a credit.
    • Due to the difficulties of running seasonal programs, a lost season can affect us greatly. We appreciate any of our customers that would choose to take a lifetime, transferable credit for the value paid of their trip, should the trip not be able to operate due to government restrictions.
  • Final payments on multi-day trips are automatically processed/due at 30 days in advance of the trip. Any new multi-day booking made at/within 45-days in advance will be required to pay in full.
    • Exception: Final payments are due at least 45 days in advance for our Lodging/Hiking package.
  • For our Summer Camps, due to COVID-19 in 2021 participants must have a responsible party available within 6 hours of Yosemite Valley for pickup in case of emergency. 
  • If we determine that a trip should be pulled or cancelled mid-way through the trip (for example, due to unhealthy smoke levels or other circumstances outside our control, we will provide a credit for the unused portion of the trip.


Traditional Backpacking

Lasting Adventures runs traditional backpacking trips. Traditional backpacking is done without the use of porters, stock, or other assistance. You will be expected to carry all of your own personal gear and a share of the group gear and food in a backpack for the duration of this trip. This weight will typically be between 30-50 pounds and in no case more than ⅓ of your body weight.

As needed, it is recommended that participants discuss their ability to conduct a backpacking trip with their doctor, including (but not limited to) the ability to carry heavy loads over long distances and over strenuous and uneven terrain. Levels of difficulty listed on our web site are relative and in no way an objective declaration of difficulty, and a regular physical exercise program is recommended prior to going on your adventure. A subjective guide to difficulty levels can be found here: Difficulty Levels.


Dietary Constraints

Although we are able to accommodate many specific dietary constraints and choices, we prepare foods in a facility with peanuts, gluten, soy, and other major allergens, and are not certified as an ‘allergen-free’ facility. We take steps to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.


Departure Dates from Juniper Lake:

    June Departure Dates  

  • Sat, Jun 25th - Tue, Jun 28th
  • July Departure Dates  

  • Mon, Jul 18th - Thu, Jul 21st

    August Departure Dates  

  • Wed, Aug 10th - Sat, Aug 13th
  • Sat, Aug 20th - Tue, Aug 23rd



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