Hike-in Required
ADA accessible
Guided tours
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Kings Creek Meadow is the quintessential location for picnicking, watching the sunset, and stargazing in Lassen Volcanic National Park. No official tables are available, but a blanket is easily laid on the outskirts of this large meadow. Though the meadow is adjacent to the highway, this hardly seems like much of a distraction as cars slowly pass by. From this meadow's edge, expect to hear the soft babbling of Kings Creek as it wanders in a serpentine fashion through a expanse of lush grasses and occasional wildflower patches. Black-tailed deer frequent this location early in the morning and later in the day, where they graze on green grasses. The sun sets alongside Lassen Peak and often sends rays of light into the sky after it vanishes over the forested horizon. After the last day's light has disappeared, a magnificent blanketing of stars settles over the skies. On clear nights with no moon, the Milky Way is clearly visible as it stretches from the south side of the park to the north. The aurora borealis, on rare occasions, is faintly visible over the meadow as it emerges from the northern skies. 

This location is a beauty for those who behold it, and it is important for it to stay this way. Please practice Leave No Trace principles and remain on the outer edges of the meadow, where you will not disturb the life that dwells within.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

National Park Pass


Pristine and expansive meadow. Incredible star gazing. Winding, babbling creek. Great views of Mount Lassen.


Mosquitos in early summer or late spring. Adjacent to the road.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Big vistas
ADA accessible


Nearby Lodging + Camping


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