Country: United States

Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Round trip: to Kings Creek Falls: 3.9 km along creek, 4.8 km along horse trail; 2 km additional to Bench Lake.

Start elevation: 2200 m

Final elevation: 2040 m at Kings Creek Falls; 2100 m at Bench Lake

Maps: 1:42,500, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Earthwalk Press

Contributor: Dave Dobak

getting there

The trailhead is on the park road, just east of Kings Creek Picnic Area.

partial plant list

Apocynum androsaemifolium

Calochortus leichlinii

Calochortus nudus

Castilleja sp.

Chrysolepis sempervirens

Eriogonum sp.

Hieracium horridum

Ledum glandulosum

Lotus oblongifolius

Lupinus obtusilobus

Mimulus lewisii

Mimulus breweri

Orthocarpus cuspidatus

Penstemon newberryi

Polygonum davisiae

Pyrola picta

Sphenosciadium capitellatum

Tofieldia occidentalis

Cryptogramma cascadensis

Woodsia scopulina


One of the most popular trails in the park leads to Kings Creek Falls.  It begins traversing meadows, and then descends, steeply at times, a narrow canyon carved by the creek.  Orthocarpus cuspidatus and Lilium pardalinum grow in the meadow.  On the rocky outcrops are chinquapin (Chrysolepis=Castanopsis sempervirens) and Penstemon newberryi.  Both Calochortus leichtlinii and C. nudus grew here and there.  The slender annual Mimulus breweri was scattered on the sandy flats, and lots of M. lewisii grew streamside.  A short side excursion leads to Bench Lake where Ledum glandulosum and Lupinus obtusilobus grow. 


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