OverviewLassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The peak is very accessible. Highway 89 snakes around the south slope. Extensive glaciation has left no trace of the original pumice and the massively jointed interiors are exposed. This has left the slopes and summit ridge with random sections of scree and talus that make this short class 2 hike more challenging than other peaks in the area. Reading is a fairly popular skiing and snowboarding destination that can be combined with Lassen Peak.
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To the northwest looms the southeast face of Lassen Peak, Chaos Crags, distant Mt. Shasta and Crater Peak. To the southeast are Mt, Harkness and Lake Almanor. To the southwest and west is Mt. Conard, Brokeoff Mtn., Mt. Diller, Bumpass Mtn. and Eagle Peak. These are volcanic remnants, of the eroded caldera of ancient Mt. Tehama, a massive statavolcano that predates Lassen Peak and was much larger. And to the northeast the cinder cones of West Prospect and Prospect Peaks are most prominent.
From the north: From Interstate 5 at Redding go 46 miles east on Hwy. 44 to Hwy. 89. Stay to the right and enter Lassen Volcanic National Park on Hwy. 89. Continue 19.5 miles on 89 around Lassen Peak to the saddle at the west end of Reading Peak and take the west ridge.