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hiking
21 hours ago

When I arrived Lassen NP, I asked a ranger if she could do only one hike in the park what would that be. And this was the hike she said she would. So, off course our expectation was pretty high and this did not disappoint us. You can see 360 degree views from the top - the valley down below and the forrest in the park, Lassen next to it and Mt Shasta in the horizon. It was a little windy on the top. There is quite bit of flat area there unlike Lassen Peak, many of us can sit there and enjoy the view. It was very nice hike.

hiking
22 hours ago

When I did this hike on 9/15, it started out nice weather then quickly changed to super windy and snow at the top. I read that the weather can be unpredictable and afternoon showers were common so we started around 10 figured we can get to the top by noon. I started seeing the dark cloud coming toward us and by the time we got to the top it started snow. Adding to the strong wind, the snow made us very chilled. I saw many people not wearing gloves and I was glad I was prepared for a cold weather. It turned out the snow was temporary and after 15 minutes blue sky came out, revealing the surrounding scenic views. The wind was still strong though and made difficult to stay on the top enjoying the views. This hike itself was not a physically demanding but the weather element made us miserable. The view of Mt Shasta was very nice.

super windy and not necessarily fun since the hike is pretty much dry and rocky the entire time. nice to know you climbed the highest mountain in the park though!

Hard. Extremely windy. Breathtaking!

backpacking
3 days ago

I attempted this climb several years ago in January/February time frame. It was my first mountaineering trip, and definitely a memorable experience. I went with four guys, one got strep throat, one got a bad knee, and then the two of us that were remaining got stuck in a wicked snow storm. Ended up digging a snow cave up near Helen Lake, and turned around the next day. Hope to return some day and reach the summit.

hiking
4 days ago

This is an excellent hike. The trail is masterfully constructed. This is a great hike to experience some higher elevation. For more information please watch my video at youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLfZDe6QPf0&t=15s

hiking
9 days ago

Its a great hike to mark off your bucket list if you're an avid hiker. It can be overwhelming for a beginner. It climbs 2000' in just over 2 miles but there are very little stair climbing which makes it easier on your lungs in the high elevation. Mostly in the sun so prepare well, no water source so carry enough. Many don't complete the summit, I suggest not sitting down till you do because I watch many reach the false summit and decide it's good enough cuz it's tough to get back up and move. The last bit is a scramble on steep loose rocky unmarked, choose your own path and don't feel bad if you need to sit a little coming down if you need to if it means summiting. Make sure you photo at the USGS survey marker so you know you've summited. Enjoy the views and then come down into shade to enjoy the views and lunch and watching the proud accomplishers making it to the top! And by the way, don't give a bad star review because of the smoke, it's not the trails fault for something sadly happening miles away, you can still get the amazing feeling you set out for.

10 days ago

beautiful for a waterless hike in the park.
mostly uphill, tons of switchbacks, tested my fear of heights like no other, got a bit windy once we neared the peak.

the feeling of accomplishment is worth it alone, I mean you’re on top of a mountain! but the 360 views are second to none.
very well maintained, sunblock is a must.

hiking
15 days ago

If you only have the time for one mountain in Lassen... I'd go Brokeoff over Lassen any day. It makes you work a little on some inclines, but overall it's pretty manageable. Fire season makes the views a bit less impressive, but if you get up early enough you might be able to peep some nice ones. The big, flat summit required no scrambling and the massive switch back to reach it made it so you were barely on an incline at the end. We managed it with a ten-month-old.
Easy to follow trail, lots of flowers, possibility of seeing some wildlife.

15 days ago

Really cool trail with millions of butterflies. Completed during June 2018. Steep, and lots of switchbacks but cool near the top. You can see Shasta from the top

hiking
16 days ago

I’d like to think of myself as a physically fit person but hot damn this was hard! It took me about 3 hours all in all but was much harder than I expected! Make sure to bring more water than you normally would, the climb up is STEEP with minimal plateaus. The final 45 minutes (on the climb) require some rock climbing (nothing crazy but just something to note) and stretches that are in the sun with zero shade. All said, it’s well worth the work - had I brought more water, I would have stuck around at the top for a while - enjoy!

Kanaka Trail closed today Sept 2, 2018 as well as Clear Creek Trail

hiking
18 days ago

It took us under 4 hours round trip even with a very slow pace going up. Budget for 2.5hrs to get to the top for the sunrise spectacle! It was quite exotic to have the trail lit by all the stars (and I guess headlamps, too). Overall, the hike was quiet and the trail very well maintained. Given that the trail is very exposed, I would strongly suggest doing it first thing in the morning (if not for sunrise!) or in the evening.

on Lassen Peak

24 days ago

Interesting views from the top with the smoke from the fires. Pretty clear to the east and nothing both and west.

24 days ago

My first experience hiking here was for a full moon hike several years ago. I recently hiked here again in early August and while I recommend it, it’s the 2nd time I’ve gotten sick after this hike. I’m not certain if it’s the altitude change or inadequate hydration so be aware. I left at 7am and it was chilly, cold at the top due to winds, and hot on the descent so layers are important. The winds on the ascent can be incredibly strong and gusty so use caution. Water and sunscreen are a must. The last bit to the peak took walking through snow and it was fine. The butterflies are quite a spectacle; amazing to see so many swirling around. Minimal to heavy foot traffic.

One of my favorite hikes. lots of different micro climates, great views and an enjoyable hike.

Beautiful hike from Horse Camp on the stone path. Once that ended the trek had lots of loose rocks and scree made it tough going for a while made it about 10k up right below Lake Helen. . We lucked out because it was a clear day but due to the fires most of the remaining days we were there the smoke prevented seeing the views. Hats off the the fire departments from all over risking their lives.

We took the wrong trail, poorly marked, and ended up on a ridge hike to the top. Above the tree line the rock is unstable, and is mountaineering, not a hike as I’d promised my hiking buddy. Very tough. I’m in marathon shape but this is a very difficult unstable mountain. Grant, the scenery was so beautiful and my partner had a great attitude.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views even with smoke. Would recommend poles and plenty water.

I got the chance to hike this trail on August 17, 2018. I started from the parking lot at the top in the park. the first 3 tenths of a mile are easy, but when you get to where the trail starts, it goes up and continues up and switches back and forth. it does level from time to time and eventually gets rocky because you are in the crags. If you aren't a skilled hiker, give yourself time and breaks often. take lots of water and if you want take the trail to Indian springs to fill up your water bottle. also if you start the hike from the upper parking lot, the climb is only 2.8 miles one way. My suggestion, go as far as you can, but get to at least where the trees start to think, so you can get a closer look at the crags. Well worth it.

Great trail, well marked. The falls are wonderful.

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail is best hiked as an overnight backpacking trip! Doing it as a day hike would make for a very long day with lots of climbing. It's a great backpacking trip if you hike out to one of the lakes in the Four Lakes Loop and set up camp there for two nights. On the 2nd day of you trip, you can do a day hike around the loop and maybe climb up to the top of Siligo Peak. On the 3rd day, you can hike back out to your car at the trail head. Here is a guide I wrote to backpacking the Four Lakes Loops that includes pics, maps, and other info: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/four-lakes-loop/

Hiked Broke-off Mountain alone at age 67 with back pack expecting to to camp. At 2 miles in water was scarce. I ditched pack and day sacked to summit. Hazy day from fires and 85 + temperatures water was precious. Suggest to carry plenty and conserserve for hike out. Beautiful views, flowers, and butterflies. Difficult but doable round trip with day sack. Enjoy.

1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Continual uphill but manageable. Use restroom at trailhead and carry water. Hundreds of thousands butterflies, awesome Visited early on a Monday and crowds were thin. I’d have to recommend Trekking poles. Even under smoky conditions views were good.

1 month ago

Perfect for the hot summer months.

hiking
1 month ago

Not bad, mainly strenuous on the way back. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, and bug spray.

went last year. got whooped and had the time of my life. anazing area. can't wait to go back.

horseback riding
1 month ago

Great trail. 10.1 mi. round trip from Shasta Mine parking (large horse trailer). About 8 from Peltier Campground (you can drive to) for regular hikers. 2066ft climb, not steep but good incline first couple miles from Peltier, then you really don't notice the incline from there. Great views. Done it many times.

Pretty amazing excursion to say the least. The key thing to summit is proper training beforehand. The hard work will pay off!

hiking
1 month ago

Another perfect hike, this 5 mile stair climber goes up about 2000 feet via a well-maintained trail of switchbacks and through snow and glacier fields. The top is at the weather station and solar panels and is a fairly easy climb if you are careful about where you step. The crushed rock and sand can be slick on smooth rocks. We had a perfect day and were surrounded with thousands of migrating tortoiseshell butterflies. Trail was very busy the week of July 4th, with some folks skiing on the snow fields. If you visit Lassen, don't miss this hike! And take your shoes off in Lake Helen afterwards.

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