The easiest way to the summit in winter. About 12 hours RT. You will need aggressive snowshoes like the MSR Lightning Ascents.
Tough in approach shoes on frozen snow lower section but blazed the cinder trail and scrambled to summit, then skied SE face. Good stuff although short day.
Starting at Kohm Yah-Mah-nee, walked the road as far as it was plowed, then on to snowshoes up to the ridge proper, and into crampons to the top. Not another soul seen all day once past the road construction by Sulfur Works. Returned to the car after dark, enjoying a moonlit road down.
Did this hike as a quick side trip during a drive from San Diego to Seattle.
My son and I decided to give the peak trail a shot during our backpacking trip to Lassen. We had a good time and met some characters along the way. I think our favorite was the guy wearing flip-flops and a homemade tin foil hat.
Hiked it with a group of high school friends. Carried my 1-year old most of the way. Learned not to jog/run at 10,000ft (major headache)!
It was a nice easy hike, although this was by far the most crowded trail I have ever hiked in all of my mountaineering. So when it's open, expect there to be tons of people going up and down.
Administrative fail on this route. Who the hell closes down an entire mountain for a month for trail work? Oh, the NPS does :)
I know how you feel on this. The day after I climbed the trail, it was closed. We thought about using the trailhead for another peak near by but was worried we would be accused of climbing Lassen while trail work was in action.
Well maintained trail, nice short scramble at the summit.
Snowshoed in from the SW entrance, snowcamped around 8500' the night before. Pretty good snow good coverage up high, but some thin spots due to a drought year and wind scouring. Cold and windy at the top.
A nice trail run. 45 Minutes, Car to Car
Nice. I have wanted to do this.
Have done this one numerous times throughout my life, always in the summer before I started climbing.
I was a young lad when my father took me up this mountain. I think somewhere between age 7 and 9...which would have been 1982-1984. I'll have to update this when I get a picture and the year from him!
Spent two nights in the snow beneath this peak teaching some members of the Cal Hiking and Outdoor Society (CHAOS) basic winter mountaineering skills from climbing and beacon searches to snow shelter construction. We topped it off with a nice snow climb of the peak.
nice trail because it was a little damp. must get dusty in summer.
June 29th, 2007
Early morning hike. Very windy. Sunrise from this mountain was beautiful. Brought back 35 year old memories of when my dad took me for a hike up Lassen when I was 10 years old. It was the first mountain I ever climbed.
Lassen Peak was the very first mountain I ever climbed. I was ten years old. My father took me for hike to the summit. I don't remember much except how awesome I felt when we reached the top. Little did I realize........that this was the start of my love for climbing and all that the wilderness has to offer!