"Much of the volcanic landscape just northeast of Lassen Park is flat, adorned with youthful forests where many plots of conifers began life together, are stunted in cinder, or both. The terrain is gentle, with hints of high desert and progressively sloped volcanoes. This is the tone of this remote route, which takes you into a large, treedotted meadow, the edge of Hat Creek Rim at its steepest section, and finally to shallow and probably snow-coated Baker Lake. This is a superb excursion following a cold front that dropped snow at this low of an elevation. Call ahead, or get set to try another route nearby at a higher elevation if there is no or too little snow here. Chances are you’ll have the entire route to yourself, even on holidays. Perhaps old tracks from cross-country skis, snowshoes, and/or dogs can be spotted. Speaking of tracks, watch for fresh footprints of predators, such as coyote and long-tailed weasel, or leaf eaters, such as mule deer or snow rabbit."