Fantastic Lava Beds, Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Cinder Cone is a cinder cone volcano in Lassen Volcanic National Park (located in Northern California in the United States). It is located about 10mi northeast of Lassen Peak and provides an excellent view of Brokeoff Mountain, Lassen Peak, and Chaos Crags.
The cone was built to a height of 750ft above the surrounding area and spread ash over 30sqmi. Then, like many cinder cones, it was snuffed out when several basalt lava flows erupted from its base. These flows, called the Fantastic Lava Beds, spread northeast and southwest, and dammed creeks, first creating Snag Lake on the south and then Butte Lake to the north. Butte Lake is fed by water from Snag Lake seeping through the lava beds. Nobles Emigrant Trail goes around Snag Lake and follows the edge of the lava beds.
Its age has been controversial since the 1870s, when many people thought it was only a few decades old. Later, the cone and associated lava flows were thought to have formed about 1700 or during a 300-year- long series of eruptions ending in 1851. Recent studies by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, working in cooperation with the National Park Service to better understand volcano hazards in the Lassen area, have firmly established that Cinder Cone was formed during two eruptions that occurred in the 1650s.
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  • Amazing views, very unique, something for everyone to enjoy. Awesome, a bit challenging, but that’s part of the outing. Suggest you wear sturdy shoes as it can get slippery. Lava rocks can be dangerou...  more »
  • The Fantastic Lava Beds are amazing. It is one of the few places where you can see an entire geologic process right before your eyes. Standing atop cinder cone you can see where the lava who's got out...  more »

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