3 days

Mileage | Rating

19.5 Miles

Map and Elevation



Meeting Location | Time

Butte Lake Trailhead

12 pm


Cinder Cone Sunrise


When was the last time you saw the sunrise on top of a volcano? On this 3 day, 2 night trek you’ll get to go swimming in alpine lakes, eat great food, and hike up a volcano to catch the sunrise. On the top of the cinder cone volcano, we can take the trail all the way down to the bottom of the crater. This is a great trip if you’re interested in scenic views and geological wonders. Total mileage for this adventure is 19.5 miles.

Check out the Cinder Cone Sunrise Backpacking Trip!


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


Day 1: Meet your guide at the Butte Lake parking area at 12 pm.  Your guide will help you do one final pack check and give a helpful backpacking demonstration.  Depending on your group, a quick introduction will take place before heading out to Widow Lake, a 5 mile hike from Butte Lake.

Day 2: Your guide will greet you with warm drinks and prepare your breakfast. After breakfast we will pack up camp, do some stretching and head out to Snag Lake. At Snag Lake we’ll have the chance to take a swim in the cool lake after hiking 8 miles.

Day 3: We’ll wake up early before the sunrise and your guide will have hot drinks, food and some trail snacks ready to go for the group. We’ll pack up camp and start our trek to the top of the Cinder Cone to view the sunrise and check out the views of Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta and Lassen park. From the Cinder Cone we will hike about 1.5 miles to our cars at Butte Lake, which brings us to a total of 6.5 miles of hiking for the day.



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.

  • There will be no cost for cancellations of multi-day trips made at least 30 days in advance. (*Exception: our Lodging/Hiking package has a $100 non-refundable processing fee.)
  • Between 30 days and 7 days from the date and time of departure, if you choose to cancel your multi-day adventure for any reason, we can offer a transferable lifetime credit of the value paid.
  • 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. 


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.


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