Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 40.46977°N / 121.46403°W
Additional Information County: Shasta
Activities Activities: Hiking, Scrambling, Skiing
Seasons Season: Summer, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 8714 ft / 2656 m
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Lassen panorama from Reading Peak
Lassen panorama from Reading Peak
Reading Peak is a small plug dome volcano 2.5 miles southeast of Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The peak is very accessible. Highway 89 snakes around the south slope. Extensive glaciation has left no trace of the original pumice and the massively jointed interiors are exposed. This has left the slopes and summit ridge with random sections of scree and talus that make this short class 2 hike more challenging than other peaks in the area. Reading is a fairly popular skiing and snowboarding destination that can be combined with Lassen Peak.
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To the northwest looms the southeast face of Lassen Peak, Chaos Crags, distant Mt. Shasta and Crater Peak. To the southeast are Mt, Harkness and Lake Almanor. To the southwest and west is Mt. Conard, Brokeoff Mtn., Mt. Diller, Bumpass Mtn. and Eagle Peak. These are volcanic remnants, of the eroded caldera of ancient Mt. Tehama, a massive statavolcano that predates Lassen Peak and was much larger. And to the northeast the cinder cones of West Prospect and Prospect Peaks are most prominent.

Getting There

Lassen Peak from Reading Peak south slope
Lassen Peak from Reading Peak south slope
From the south: From Interstate 5 turn east on Hwy. 36 at Red Bluff. Go 44 miles east to Hwy. 89. turn left (north) and go 4 miles to Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance. Continue on 89 3.5 miles as it winds it's way up through the park, passes Lassen Peak, drops down a bit and curves to a saddle at the west end of Reading Peak which is prominent to the left. Hike .25 miles up through trees to the west ridge of Reading Peak and follow the ridge .5 miles to the summit.
From the north: From Interstate 5 at Redding go 46 miles east on Hwy. 44 to Hwy. 89. Stay to the right and enter Lassen Volcanic National Park on Hwy. 89. Continue 19.5 miles on 89 around Lassen Peak to the saddle at the west end of Reading Peak and take the west ridge.

Red Tape

Reading Peak from Lassen Peak
Reading Peak (lower right) from Lassen Peak
There is a fee of 10 dollar per vehicle and 5 dollars per person to enter Lassen Volcanic National Park.


Lake Almanor from Reading Peak
South to Lake Almanor from Reading Peak
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