Prospect Peak Professional Review and Guide
"You probably know that old hiking cliché: The top is just over the next rise (or next hill, or around the next bend). Every experienced hiker knows this is never true. The hike to the top of Prospect Peak is emphatic proof of the point. It’s not the most flattering description for a hike, but the route up Prospect Peak, a long-defunct shield volcano, is a meditative slog. The regularly spaced 200-foot contour intervals that can be seen on topographic maps of the area are almost visible on the ground; they rise for nearly 2,000 feet through dense woods that don’t allow for views until you are within spitting distance of the summit. This is not to say that the hike isn’t worthwhile. The spell woven in the woods is peaceful to the point of being hypnotic. The muted greens and browns of the terrain are broken only by the vivid red of snow plant thriving in some spots on the forest floor. And the views from the top are superlative, with Lassen Peak dominating the southwestern horizon, and, on clear days, Mount Shasta visible across the Great Valley to the northwest. Highlights: The panorama from the top of Prospect Peak includes Lassen Peak, Mount Harkness, the upper Sacramento Valley, and, on a clear day, Mount Shasta."