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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 1B Boiling Springs Lake is a 125-degree scalding pool of water that's a popular draw for visitors hiking into the area, e IS a Stacy Fisher Staff Writer chesternews@plu masnews.com estled within Lassen Volcanic National Park, Drakesbad Guest Ranch -- presently closed for the season -- is a popular destination for those interested in a variety of activities, particularly for day hikers looking for wilderness scenery to explore on foot. The secluded rustic mountain resort features a network of trails that meander through unspoiled forestlands and majestic mountain vistas. Of particular interest are hydrothermal phenomena like Boiling Springs Lake, featuring steaming fumaroles. The easy 90-minute round trip hike to the lake begins through the forest and around the 125-degree scalding pool, displaying some of the best mud pots in the park. Sturdy hiking boots are preferred, but trails can be easily traversed even in a pair of good sneakers. Plenty of water should be brought along for the excursion, plus some favorite snacks. Or pack a hearty lunch and sodas that can be kept in a convenient daypack. A camera is recommended to take advantage of the many photographic opportunities available in the region. The area is "off the grid," so there is no mobile phone service. The trailhead begins near Hot Springs Creek, where a wooden pathway crosses a meadow before giving way to a rocky dirt road that's easy to follow. After a short jaunt up the base of the mountain, a signpost provides clear directions to a number of natural attractions at the park, including Dream Lake, Terminal Geyser, and Boiling Springs Lake. On the way to Boiling Springs Lake, hikers walk past numerous trees, rocky terrain and seasonal wildflowers before reaching the resplendent lake setting. Upon arriving, it's time to relax and spend a couple hours of carefree wandering, enjoying the alien-like landscape that the lake offers. It's also a moment to engage in good conversation with friends and family members, and to appreciate the natural wonder of the area. Dogs should not be allowed to wade or jump into the A trailhead signpost provides directions to a number of natural attractions at the park. Boiling mud pots located along the lakeshore are a constant reminder that the region resides over a tempest of hydrothermal activity. Hiking enthusiasts make the easy 45-minute trip to the hot springs within the Lassen Volcanic Park. lake, which is very hot and ventures out into the wilder extremely caustic -- a places. remnant of former volcanic activity. Getting there Hiking enthusiasts will From Chester, turn north find the journey to Boiling onto Feather River Drive to Springs Lake rewarding as Chester Warner Valley Road well as inspiring, and follow signs to Few activities are Drakesbad Guest Ranch, healthier or more natural located in a lush mountain than walking. It provides a valley at the head of Warner true feast for the senses. Valley. The last three miles The best walking by far of this 17-mile road are gravel begins when one leaves the and not recommended for hustle and bustle behind and trailers. $tacy Fisher Hikers can take tine to relax and appreciate the natural wonder of the area. ! !'