West Prospect Peak Trail

Old Station, California

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In terms of girth, West Prospect Peak rates among the mightiest in Lassen National Forest. And no wonder there’s a lookout atop this lofty, densely conifered mountain—the panorama reveals a plethora of place names and well-known volcanoes. Bowl-shaped West Prospect Peak itself is a shield dome volcano, and so is its nearest neighbor, Prospect Peak. That explains why they look like twins. To enlist for this epic endeavor, the body should be fit and the soul may no doubt be crazed, for those are the ideal traits to accomplish this mission. Actually, the journey might be shorter if lack of low-elevation snow allows you to drive a few miles along this route. Rest assured, you’ll most likely have the whole place to yourself for days as you travel past scenic Hat Creek, along the low flanks of Badger Mountain, and then up the south face of view-laden West Prospect Peak.
Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

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by Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)

In terms of girth, West Prospect Peak rates among the mightiest in Lassen National Forest. And no wonder there’s a lookout atop this lofty, densely conifered mountain—the panorama reveals a plethora of place names and well-known volcanoes. Bowl-shaped West Prospect Peak itself is a shield dome volcano, and so is its nearest neighbor, Prospect Peak. That explains why they look like twins. To enlist for this epic endeavor, the body should be fit and the soul may no doubt be crazed, for those are the ideal traits to accomplish this mission. Actually, the journey might be shorter if lack of low-elevation snow allows you to drive a few miles along this route. Rest assured, you’ll most likely have the whole place to yourself for days as you travel past scenic Hat Creek, along the low flanks of Badger Mountain, and then up the south face of view-laden West Prospect Peak.

©  Marc J. Soares/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Old Station
Distance: 24
Elevation Gain: 3,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2–3 days
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Hat Creek Ranger District-Lassen National Forest
Local Maps: USGS West Prospect Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to West Prospect Peak Trail

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Apr 2018