In July 1972, this was the first backpacking trip for me and my wife of 27 years ( now ex.) Evelyn. We backpacked through Lassen Park and hiked up to the crater of Lassen Peak. The picture of the two of us (on the summit) still hangs on the wall of my study.
Took my friends Chocolate Lab to the top. The dog spent an hour sliding belly first over the snow on the way back to the car. That dog was the best climbing partner I ever had! Very beautiful mountain.
Good clear day, saw Shasta and Crater Lake.
Got to the top in about 1 hour and 45 minutes. There were 7 of us including my fiance Alice Tackett. Perfect weather on top, but a bit smokey in all directions. Spent 3 hours eating lunch, drinking a bottle of 1997 Youngs Cabernet ( Amador County ), then cruised around the top and had a lovely Prager Late Harvest Reisling Ice wine and dessert. Made for a nice hike down!
My friend and I climbed the South Face Trail. We set out around 2 pm and made it to the top in a brisk 1 hr 40 min. The views to the north were spectacular, especially Shasta. The South was a bit cloudy, but the Trinity Alps and Sierra's outlines were still visible. Beware the wind however as it can be quite strong near the top. No snow had fallen yet though so it was still summer climbing. Took us 55 minutes to come down after puttering around for an hour up top.
I have been up Lassen twice. The desolation of the summit area is awesome. Good views as well.
August 2006: Walked up with my 3 sons Kyler (8), Riley (6), and Sawyer (6) for a quick ascent just before dark.
Crowded trail all the way up. The fires in Oregon provided enough smoke that the view of Shasta was impossible; beautful day otherwise.
Remember very little about it.
Dayhiked with my wife and her 11-year-old daughter up visiting from sea level, Texas. We got to the summit in 1hr, 45min anyway, passing a few tourists along the way. All the smoke in the air made it impossible to see Shasta or the Sierra.
Crowded hike up an easy mountain. Smoke from the Oregon fires obscured the views on an otherwise clear day. The views improved only at the top, and even there, only Shasta and the Trinity Alps could be clearly seen. The air quality was lousy and I got a little tired of standing next to the trail to allow hordes of hikers to go by in the opposite direction. At lease I can say that I've bagged this one, but I certainly don't see any reason to do it again, except maybe as a warmup to my next Shasta climb.
A beautiful, not so challenging peak.
My first mountain at altitude above 6,288 feet. Was a nice experience....fortunately, I spent several days between 6,000 to 8,000 feet prior, so I only had a very slight headache due to being dehydrated. Made it up in 1 1/2 hours due to my girlfriend's son moving like he had cement shoes (he stopped 3/4's of the way to the top....apparently not all kids have more energy than adults). He hung behind while I sprinted to the top, flying past others (usually, it's the other way around). Lots of people on the mountain, and about 20+ people around the true summit. I guess I missed the "trail" to the summit, and went around to the right and got to climb a little rock which was fun. Apparently others on the summit thought this was a hard route for some reason. All in all, a nice easy hike up....very scenic.
Great scenic hike in a gorgeous park. Easily one hour to the top.
Lots of people during the summer. Went back in Winter '02 and ran into only four others, this is the prefered time of year.
The first one to the summit this day. One other guy headed up the summit pinacle as I was coming off it. Did John's class three variation for the summit. That part was fun. Had a picture taken by a family that had arrived on the small plateau. The air was so dirty that only the very top of Shasta was visible. What a disappointment. Passed hordes of people on their way up as I was headed down.
This is a great warm up climb for climbers travelling to Shasta from the south. A wonderful view of the Lassen volcanic park is available at the top. Can be windy but no significant hazards await those with proper footwear.
Another warmup for another climb of Shasta. Seems to be a regular pattern I'm falling into for May climbing... :)
Very nice climb and ski descent. I got to see parts of this mountain I didn't know existed. The best part of the ascent was going through the left-hand chute of the South Face route. Fun ski descent as well and I hope to head up to ski this one many times! See my SP Trip Report for details.
Took us 1 hour and 23 minutes from car to car. The weather was beautiful, and we had the summit completely to ourselves.