Mount Lassen

Red Bluff, California

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A relatively short (though steep) hike up a startlingly abrupt volcanic peak. The trail climbs out of scree and between small volcanic towers. As the highest mountain in the immediate area, it affords views of Mount Shasta and the surrounding area that are spectacular. Mount Lassen is the southernmost peak of the Cascade Range, which runs from British Columbia through Washington and Oregon into Northern California. Start your ascent by the sign that indicates the Mount Lassen Trail, at the north side of the parking lot. The route is well traveled and easy to follow. Steep switchbacks cut between rock formations that suggest giant plastic chessmen left in the sun. The trail passes one false summit on its way to the top. The true high point will be obvious: The summit crater is a rare feature.

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"A relatively short (though steep) hike up a startlingly abrupt volcanic peak. The trail climbs out of scree and between small volcanic towers. As the highest mountain in the immediate area, it affords views of Mount Shasta and the surrounding area that are spectacular. Mount Lassen is the southernmost peak of the Cascade Range, which runs from British Columbia through Washington and Oregon into Northern California. Start your ascent by the sign that indicates the Mount Lassen Trail, at the north side of the parking lot. The route is well traveled and easy to follow. Steep switchbacks cut between rock formations that suggest giant plastic chessmen left in the sun. The trail passes one false summit on its way to the top. The true high point will be obvious: The summit crater is a rare feature."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Red Bluff
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 2,004 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Class: Class 2
Season: Best July through October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,453 feet
Top Elevation: 10,457 feet
Local Contacts: Lassen National Volcanic Park
Local Maps: Northern California Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Lassen Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Lassen

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