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Reading Peak
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Reading Peak

 
Reading Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.46977°N / 121.46403°W

Object Title: Reading Peak

County: Shasta

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Summer, Winter

Elevation: 8714 ft / 2656 m

 

Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Nov 21, 2009 / Sep 21, 2011

Object ID: 575612

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Overview

 
Lassen panorama from Reading Peak
Lassen panorama from Reading Peak
Reading Peak is a small plug dome volcano 2.5 miles southeast of Lassen 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.
Check out Powder Cloud by Johannes Henkel.
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.

Getting There

 
Lassen Peak from Reading Peak south slope
Lassen Peak from Reading Peak south slope
From the south: From Interstate 5 turn east on Hwy. 36 at Red Bluff. Go 44 miles east to Hwy. 89. turn left (north) and go 4 miles to Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance. Continue on 89 3.5 miles as it winds it's way up through the park, passes Lassen Peak, drops down a bit and curves to a saddle at the west end of Reading Peak which is prominent to the left. Hike .25 miles up through trees to the west ridge of Reading Peak and follow the ridge .5 miles to the summit.
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.

Red Tape

 
Reading Peak from Lassen Peak
Reading Peak (lower right) from Lassen Peak
There is a fee of 10 dollar per vehicle and 5 dollars per person to enter Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Camping

 
Lake Almanor from Reading Peak
South to Lake Almanor from Reading Peak
Click here for Campgrounds of Lassen Volcanic.

Current road and weather conditions in Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Images

Lassen panorama from Reading PeakLassen Peak from Reading Peak south slopeReading Peak from Bumpass Mtn.Mt. Shasta from Reading PeakReading Peak from Lassen PeakReading Peak from the westProspect Peaks from Reading Peak
Last light on Reading PeakReading Peak from Mount HelenRainbow and Reading PeakLake Almanor from Reading PeakReading Peak and Sifford MtnLassen Peak from Reading PeakLassen Peak from Reading Peak