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.
Good hike with the kids (ages 8 and 10).
Summited just before sundown.
56 minutes from car to summit
27 minutes from summit to car.
Once again, had a popular volcanic summit to ourselves.
Have done Lassen Peak three times, with all three trips via the standard Lassen Peak Trail. The first trip was in August 1999, the second trip was in September 1999, and the third trip was in June 2001. This hike/climb was really enjoyable every time I did it. The trail is not very strenuous, if you allow the time necessary to do it comfortably. Great views from the top of Lassen NP, the upper Sacramento Valley, and of Mt Shasta to the northwest!
This was the last mountain we did on a 2-week journey through the volcanoes of The Cascades. This was my first big climbing trip away from my home mountains of the Sierra. We weren't very successful on that trip, but boy! did we have a good time. In fact, this was the trip that got me hooked on traveling & climbing mountains!
Beautiful to be on the summit at sunrise!
This was an extremely fun acclimatization warmup for Mt. Shasta the following day. The road had just opened the day before and there were only a few cars in the parking lot all day. I had much fun scrambling about on the rocks and snowshoeing around the crater rim.
Checked out NE, SE, and S Faces for 2002 ski season. Discovered the short class 3 variation by accident.
Nice short day hike after climbing and skiing Mt. Shasta.
By this time of year, the road was plowed and there was very little snow remaining on the trail. The snow had already started breaking up on the Northeast Face, however, there were still some decent runs on the South Face. This was my first time up this volcano and unfortunately I didn't bring my skis. On the way up I ran into a guy hiking up in flip-flop sandals, t-shirt, and shorts, with his snowboard and boots. I got to see him ride down the South Face using his sandals as "gloves" as well as a skier who was stuck out on the slope. Since this guy wasn't moving, a ranger had to go up to meet him - not sure what happened there. It was a gorgeous day and I highly recommend going when there's still snow.