Got to the trailhead about 7am and there were only 3 other cars there. Bright sunshine and perfect conditions, with a bit of snow still on the trail. 1.5 hours up and an even hour down. I brought some unnecessary gear (ice spikes, gaiters, spare socks, rain pants) in my backpack, but may have needed that a week earlier.
Slogged up the conga line with about 300 other people. Didn't notice the crowd after 9000 feet... I really have to give up smoking. The hiking herd was surprisingly polite for that many people on that crowded of trail. This is a beautiful trail, very well maintained with stunning views every step of the way. Arrived at the parking lot on a Saturday 9 a.m. and took the last parking spot. Yep it's a popular Trail but worth it.
Lassen Peak via the standard Lassen Peak Trailhead parking lot. We were on the trail by 11:50 and made it to the summit by 1:00. Party of 2. 2.5 miles and 1 hour 10 minutes to the summit. 1,975 ft of elevation gain. The trail was in excellent condition (major props to the National Parks team). No need for trekking poles or any gear other than a hiking boots, hat, and a wind breaker at the top. Weather on the 4th of July was fantastic. We spent around 50 minutes exploring the summit cone before starting our descent which took about 55 minutes. Very popular trail with lots of inexperienced hikers so expect to have to stop and wait at certain switchbacks during “rush hour”.
with Wasatch Mountain Club group.
Lower section is mostly snow covered still. About 75% of the Trail is covered up to about 9500 ft. Above that it’s mostly bare. Snow in the crater but the summit block is clear. Be careful, the snow becomes very rotten and slick as the day goes on and the sun warms things up. I started at 0600 and am very glad I did. Coming down was a bit dicey. I would not want to descend at 1500 when it’s super rotten and slick. Poles and easy on/off crampons would help. I’d hate to slip on the permanent snowfield traverse. It’s a long slide to the bottom of the gully. But otherwise it was a perfect bluebird day. Views of Shasta and other ranges and lakes were pristine.
Pretty easy. I lost my candy at the summit, sad.
Fun adventure. On to Shasta
Beautiful relaxing day from yesterday's climb of Shasta Sargent ridge.
Easy hike from the highway
Some patches of snow across the trail, but overall easy ascent
5 mile round trip 90 minutes up and 60 minutes back down. Some amazing views of the lake next to Susanville CA, and looks like a lot of rock climbing available. Easy class 2 hike, good for young and old!
Straightforward hike up, perfect corn all the way to the car.
Absolutely beautiful climb
Not too steep, great morning hike with a view. Last 150' to the top was slushy and the rock and gravel were loose.
The grade was fantastic and trail was smooth. Good job Lassen!
1 hour 15 mins up, then I circumnavigated both craters, saw a weasel, and walked/glissaded down. 3.5 hours car to car.
1x - family hike in the 70's
2x - Hiked up with Maria in early 2000
3x - Hiked up with Rebecca - I recall seeing millions of butterflies everywhere
Winter condition from lot.
This was my first Cascade and along with Mt. Shasta my favorite. I’ve done dozens of Winter climbs of this peak from the SW entrance station. This is the only mountain on which I broke a bone (in Feb 2014) but I could not love it more. An easy and fairly safe winter climb without the crowds.