Trip Report on Lassen

posted Jul 2, 2016, 8:18 AM by Paul Wagner
Last weekend the weather in Lassen Volcanic National Park was perfect--warm in the sun, cool in the shade.  But we were surprised by the amount of snow:  they had just opened the road through the park the week before, and snow levels were still around 7500 feet on the trails.  Which meant that we tried to hike up from the Devastated Area to Terrace Lake, only to get turned back by heavy snow at about 7400 feet on the north side of the ridge.

About here we decided that it might not be worth continuing. We had lost the trail and the snow slopes were getting pretty steep ©

  Rangers were recommending crampons for anyone climbing Lassen Peak itself (10,400.)

The view of Lassen from the Park Road near the trailhead ©

Hat Creek Cascade ©

Still, this is an amazing park that gets very little traffic and attention.  And nice to see all that snow feeding the streams and rivers!