A thanksgiving trip into the serene Mt Lassen area. A simple, straightforward snow climb.
I hiked this one with my wife Lori on the last day of 2013 that the Park Service had "opened" the trail (they are in the process of rebuilding it). When we started hiking we were in a cloud bank, but on the way up it cleared off and we had sunny and breezy conditions the rest of the way. Lori made it with me to the end of the maintained trail and then a little further but stopped shy of the actual highest point due to the fact that she wasn't comfortable on the very last steep stretch to the highest point(s). She doesn't consider herself a hiker but she did GREAT!
W/ Pete & his buddy
Walked to the top with my dad. The highlight was the view of Mt. Shasta from the top.
First "official" open day of 2013.
Trail was in great shape, trail crew had cut steps in all the remaining snowfields.
Did Brokeoff immediately afterward
Pics here here.
Climbed before the work crews started for the year. Stunning peak and trail.
With the park road closed, I hoofed it up the asphalt as far as the plows had made it so far, then mounted snow shoes to the ridge proper, and finally crampons to the summit. Varying snow conditions all along the route. Saw the tracks of the other two folks who posted their trips earlier this year along with various ski tracks from other hearty souls.
2-Day trip with an overnight camp at lake Helen, took the summer trail to the summit.
For somebody who wants to go soon:
Road to the trailhead is only partially cleared (about half of it, but you can check on the park's website). Also snow started to melt after 10am on our decent so consider an early start.
Easy in the summer, a great place for kids beginning to climb.
First climbed in August 2002 via the trail.
In May 2004 we were there when the road was plowed to the trailhead, but not all the way through. NPS allows camping in the crater in the winter, defined as when the road isn't fully opened, so spent a VERY windy but memorable night up top.
Again in May 2012 from the Devastated Area before the road opened up. Easy and steep climb to the top, with the boot track I didn't even need to bother with crampons. The glissade down resulted in a few tons on wet slides taking me for a ride... good time!
And again in winter 2013 (February) as part of an overnight trip covering the ridge from Lassen to Brokeoff (almost). Stopped just short of Brokeoff at the last bump as the route up the steep side of Brokeoff did not look very appealing.
Dana was five and Nik was ten.
One of my first peaks in CA, while living in Marysville. Great views and an easy climb in the late summer
What a sweet easy nice mountain.We went the trail was closed so we had to ascend a snow field. Was a great summit with outstanding views.This was a finishing touch of a 5 day multi peak volcanoe adventure some friends and I had undertaken. Rainier,Hood,Shasta,Shastina and Lassen.A great week of magnificent mountains
Last acclimatization hike before climbing Shasta. Short but hearty trail. Clearing storm only allowed for views to the east - still fabulous. Explored the crater a bit before going down. Win!
Climbed a few times. It takes me about 1:20 or so to do. Don it and Brokoff in the same day. one year I explored a bunch of the cracks and holes in the crater. There was almost no snow at the time.
Great day and happened to hit Lassen NP on one of the open trail days
After hiking up Mt. Ingalls in the morning, I rode my motorcycle back up to Lassen NP to hike up Lassen Peak. I had wanted to be there at 4:30 pm because that is when I had seen the work crew finishing on Tuesday, but didn't get there until almost 5. The crew was still in the parking lot and told me that the trail was open and I had the mountain all to myself. It was cool and windy on top but the air was clear, smokey down in the valleys. I still had to ride 2 hours back to my camper at Quincy, and knew it would be cold so I didn't waste any time. Took a few pictures on top, ate some snacks and then headed back down.
Total time 2:12, 1:05 up, 48 min. down.
Still had snow patches, but able to do it without yak traks or snowshoes. Poles help with the slippery parts. We made it to the top right before the clouds rolled in.
Hiked the peak on one of the few open days during the "Reach the Peak" project. Very nice early morning hike. Only saw a few people. Hiked Brokeoff afterwards.
had a fun hike to the summit with Amy, Andy, and Beth. This was my 5th time to the summit (trail in 1991 & 2001, NW ridge 2008, East ridge 2010). A busy day, as the 'Reach the Peak' project temporarily has the mountain closed most for most of the season.