Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)
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Wow. Leaving for a trip in November we were excited the trail was still open, however it had a recent layer of snow and ice followed by more snow and ice at the summit. It was absolutely stunning. It is a constant climb, but the switchbacks make it manageable. Finally reaching the peak you have amazing views of Lassen, Mt. Shatsa and surrounding lakes. I felt like the scene in lord of the rings when they are trekking across the new zealand mountains. :-) This is a steady climb, but the views are spectacular and 2,000 feet lower than Lassen.
On 7/6/06, the trail was only clear for about the first mile. Early on, there was a fair size stream that probably came from melting snow that had to be forded. At the 1 mile point, the trail was covered with snow and at the 2 mile point, I gave up as I had no idea how close I was to the trail. Looks like the problem relates to heavy snows during the winter and a late melt. Whatever the reason, the trail is not usavble as of this date
One of the best hikes in LVNP! Challenging and fun. The author's note regarding the solitude of the hike is accurate; we saw only one other couple. The terrain is varied and interesting; the view at the top of Brokeoff is awesome.
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