3 days

Mileage | Rating

25 Miles

Map and Elevation



Meeting Location | Time

South Summit Lake Campground

12 pm



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The Devil’s Kitchen


Lassen Volcanic National Park has a lot to offer backpackers, and boiling mud pots, hot springs, and steam vents are just some of the great attractions you’ll see on this adventure. On this 3 day, 2 night trek we start by hiking from Summit Lake to Corral Meadows, following the Pacific Crest Trail along the way. We will be camping along the creek at Corral Meadows for 2 nights. On the 2nd day we will pack our day bags and hike to Devil’s kitchen to explore the bubbling mud pots, boiling lake water, and steam vents. This area is like another world! Total mileage for this adventure is 24.8 miles.

Check out photos from The Devil’s Kitchen!


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


Day 1: Meet your guide at the Summit Lake parking area at 12 pm.  Your guide will help you do one final pack check and give a helpful backpacking demonstration. Spend some time getting to know your group before heading out to King Creek Falls and Corral Meadows, an 8.3 mile hike.

Day 2: Your guide will greet you with warm drinks and prepare your breakfast. After breakfast we will pack our day packs for a day hike down to the Boiling Lake and Devils Kitchen to view the boiling mud pot and steam vents. Before heading out, your guide will pack the group lunch for everyone to eat on the trail. We will expect to be gone all day as this day hike is 13.5 miles round trip.

Day 3: We can sleep in a little bit to recover from yesterday’s long hike. As everyone wakes up your guide will have a hot drink and warm food ready for you. After breakfast we will pack up camp and hike back to Summit Lake, making this day a 4 mile hike back to the cars.



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.


Departure Dates from South Summit Lake Campground:

    August Departure Dates  

  • Fri, Aug 6th - Sun, Aug 8th
  • Mon, Aug 16th - Wed, Aug 18th
    Sorry, Sold Out

    August Departure Dates  

  • Fri, Aug 6th - Sun, Aug 8th
  • Mon, Aug 16th - Wed, Aug 18th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Sun, Aug 29th - Tue, Aug 31st



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