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Silver Lake Volcanic Field

 Silver Lake Volcanic Field
Google Earth image of the Silver Lake area.

Quick Facts

Lava flows from two isolated cinder cones northwest of Lassen Peak blocked drainages, forming three small lakes. The cones lie southwest of Burney Mountain and west-northwest of Magee Peak. Lava flows from the Silver Lake cinder cone formed Silver Lake northeast of the cone and crescent-shaped Arthur Lake to the east and traveled 3.5 km (2.2 mi) to the southwest. The crater of Silver Lake cone is open to the southwest. A dome-shaped mass of lava southeast of Silver Lake dammed up Buckhorn Lake and completely buried any cinder cone that may have been built at that site; the Buckhorn Lake lava flow traveled 3.5 km (2.2 mi) to the southwest. Antelope Lake was blocked by lava flows similar to the scenario that formed Buckhorn Lake. These basaltic cones and flows are of possible Holocene age but lie outside the area of glaciation at Lassen and their age is not known with certainty. The Silver Lake volcanic field can be found on the Miller Mountain 24,000-scale quadrangle topographic map.
Location: California, Shasta County
Latitude: 40.731° N
Longitude: 121.841° W
Elevation: 1,535 (m) 5,036 (f)
Volcano type: cinder cones
Composition: basalt
Most recent eruption: Holocene
Nearby towns: Burney, Montgomery Creek, Round Mountain