Visiting my father-in-law in Northern California provides many opportunities for outdoor fun. 10 years ago I hiked up Mt. Lassen and this morning I hiked it again. Getting to the trailhead early I was 3rd vehicle in the lot and only one had people. This is significant for the following reason. A minivan rolled up with squealing preteen girls going apeshit about the snow. Cool, I get it. Been there as a dad and coach, but today was for some outdoors and nature. Onward. I got to the trailhead and started the ascent at 7:15am. The wind was brutal and cold. It was easily in the 40 degree range. I’d guess the wind was hitting 25 to 40 mph and only gaining shelter on the westward zigzag portion of the hike in the last mile provided any relief from the punishment. I pushed on and hit the crater top at 8:30am after 2 1/2 miles of work.
A brief snow section at the summit was interesting to see this late in June. Snow patches were plentiful at the summit.
The view towards Mt. Shasta were amazing. I just sat and stared while eating a snack off the trail and snow.
The volcanic action that was responsible for the upheaval that blew off the top of the mountain is very apparent. Everywhere you look you can see huge lava rocks. Frozen in time for the last 100 years the rocks are an eerie reminder of the destruction that occurred.
In the subalpine zone below 8,500 feet of elevation the whitebark pines dominate the trail. Twisted up and gnarled these trees are strong and have endured for ages.
Lots of snow at the crater top. The absolute summit is in the left rear. Completely overcrowded nonsense.
Looking west you can see all the way to Redding and beyond.
Leaving the park I stopped and enjoyed this vista of the mountain about a huge meadow.