The Lily Pond Nature Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park is a great little hike for beginners and kids. It's not even a mile long (0.75) and numbered stakes along the trail correspond with the trees and plants outlined in the trail brochure. This is an easy, flat trail loop and you don't have to worry about any elevation change. The trailhead is right across from the Loomis Museum.
I like how diverse this trail is despite being so short. (Hey, I'm diverse and short, too!) You can see a variety of landscapes such as stream beds, rock fall avalanche from Chaos Crags and, of course, Lily Pond itself. The mixed conifer forest showcases a variety of trees including Alder, Willow, Incense Cedar, Mountain Hemlock, and several different pines and firs.
We saw quite a few dragonflies and birds around the pond and look forward to doing this hike when we need a break from the more difficult trails in the park.
Let's go on an adventure!