If you can imagine how strenuous I did to climb up about 700 ft on the sandy ground of cinder material that made your feet slight backward every step you would know how tired I was. I had to make many stops during the hike up there, taking the beautiful view of Lassen Volcanic National Park and rest. But when I reached the top, I knew that it was worth a visit.

Painted Dunes are the most fantastic and unique scene of Lassen Volcanic National Park that you have to hike along the Cinder Cone Nature Trail. This trail starts at Butte Lake parking area and it takes about 4 miles round-trip with elevation gain of 846 ft to get to the top of cinder cone volcano. On the top you will see wonderful view all direction.

Painted dunes are volcanic ashes that were oxidized and become bright red color that is contrast to the surrounding.

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