Backpacking Lassen Volcanic National Park

By Max
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Lassen is a gem.  The Southwest part of the park was still mostly under snow when I was there in the second week of June, but Hwy 89, which runs over Lassen Pass at 8500ft, had just opened for the summer a week or two before.  I did a 27 mile loop around the Eastern side of the park.  Days were in the mid-70s, nights were down to freezing.

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Pictures from four days of waterfalls, mountain lakes, and volcanic formations follow!

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My route through the park

As one might expect, there were trees:

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Also lakes:

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By sheer dumb good fortune, it was the weekend of the Supermoon, and it came up over the hills the first two nights like a search beacon.

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The last two days, storm clouds started building up over Lassen summit.

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I ate lunch while I watched the rain coming towards me over the cinder dunes:

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Here’s me getting rained on.  Stoic!

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The rain created wonderful atmospheric perspective, even with my cell phone camera.

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I made a cozy camp under some trees:

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I woke up early to the sound of rain drumming on the tent, and went back to sleep for a few more hours.  When I rolled up the tent, I found a family of millipedes that had crawled under the tent footprint to stay dry during the night.

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Crossing Lassen Pass at 8500 feet, with the sleet coming down.  On the other side, I passed snowplows and salt trucks heading up the mountain:

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It was a great trip!20130523-Clouds-over-Lassen-Peak-3


3 Responses to “Backpacking Lassen Volcanic National Park”

  • Sharon Says:

    Nice write-up and great pictures. The Hwy thru Lassen Is Hwy 89 not 82.

    If you want to visit again with a place to stay, think about us at the St. Bernard Lodge.

  • Max Says:

    Corrected the error, thank you!

  • chris pilcher Says:

    In S.Africa the millipedes are locally known as shongalawlaws, they exude a foul smelling liquid when picked up: however in the rainy season, when they come out in their thousands, hedgehogs eat em!!

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