"This is why you came to Lassen Volcanic National Park. You wanted to climb the mountain that gave the park its name. You wanted to enjoy the views from the park’s highest point. You wanted to stand near the gaping maw of a volcano. This trail will lead you there. If you pick your summit day carefully, with a forecast of clear skies, and start early, you can be virtually guaranteed a sublime experience, with unsullied views in all directions. From a vantage point on the rim of Lassen’s crater, you can see west across the Sacramento River Valley to the blonde Yolla Bolly range; to the northwest, the snowy cone of Mount Shasta dominates the vista. The northern reaches of the rugged Sierra Nevada lie to the southwest, across the shimmering surface of Lake Almanor. And under your feet is the volcano itself, its crater appearing innocuous, sloping gently into the depression on the west side of the summit, with nary a rumbling to breach the sound of the whistling wind. Highlights: This is the quintessential hike in the park, leading to the summit of Lassen Peak. On a clear day, you can see the summit of Mount Shasta to the northwest."