5 days

Mileage | Rating

26.5 Miles

Map and Elevation



Meeting Location | Time

Butte Lake Trailhead

12 pm


See what the Lassen Lakes Loop has to offer!


Lassen Volcanic National Park has a lot to offer for the both first time and the experienced backpacker. On this 5 day trek, we will be hiking along the lava beds and painted dunes that make Lassen National Park famous. We will also have the opportunity to hike up the the top of Cinder Cone for sunrise, and hike all the way down into the crater to check out the unique geological features. Each night we will be camping at a lake along our route, so bring your swimsuit!. Our days average about 5 miles a day, giving you plenty of time to swim, relax by the water, and explore the area. The total mileage for this trip is 26.5 miles.

Check out photos from the Lassen Lakes Loop Backpacking Trip!


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


Day 1: Meet your guide at the Butte Lakes parking area at 12 pm.  Your guide will help you do one final pack check and give a helpful backpacking demonstration.  Get to know your group before heading out to Widow Lake, a four mile hike.

Day 2: Your guide will greet you in the morning with warm drinks ready to go, and will 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 to Jakey Lake, six miles further into the wilderness.

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 a five mile hike to Horseshoe Lake, one of the larger lakes in the park and an excellent place for a mid-trip swim.

Day 4: Beginning your journey back, day four will consist of a five mile day to Snag Lake. Nestled right next to the Majestic Lava Beds, Snag Lake is another good opportunity for swimming on the trip.  An early night of relaxation and winding down will be necessary in order to prepare yourself for the alpine start the following day.

Day 5: Your guide will wake you up before the sun is up on your final day in order to make for the summit of Cinder Cone for a breathtaking sunrise.  Views will include the Majestic Lava Beds, Painted Dunes, Lassen Peak, and Butte and Snag Lakes. Once reaching the summit, a two mile hike will complete your journey back to the cars at Butte Lake.



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 Butte Lake:

    July Departure Dates  

  • Wed, Jul 6th - Sun, Jul 10th
  • Fri, Jul 29th - Tue, Aug 2nd

    August Departure Dates  

  • Mon, Aug 8th - Fri, Aug 12th
  • Sun, Aug 21st - Thu, Aug 25th



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