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HIking in Lassen
July 02, 2012 05:38PM
This park is a favorite of ours, and we spent many a summer vacation here with the kids when we were car camping. We went back this last weekend with our company, so that everyone could enjoy this great park.

And we did enjoy it!

Major hikes included the trail up Manzanita Creek on the first evening...a wonderful seven miles up towards Lassen Peak and a series of meadows, and with views of Chaos Crags, Lassen Peak, and Loomis. That's Loomis Peak below.



And the next day we were the first hikers of the season to hike into Bumpass Hell--always a memorable hike. Here's an overview of the gelthermal activity.



Thanks to a very cooperative co-worker, we were able to through hike all the way to the southern entrance station, via Crumbaugh Lake, Cold Boiling, Lake, Conard Meadows, and Mill Creek Falls. That's a total of about 8 miles of great hiking and wonderful views. Click on these photos to see the whole hike log on Picasa. Crumbaugh Lake, below, was a stunning blue jewel when seen from the trail high on the ridge above it.



The flowers were out, the streams were gushing, and we were delighted.

Here's Mill Creek Falls...with two streams coming together to form the cascade



And flowers;



Oh yeah--since this was a day hike, dinner looked a little different from our usual backpacking fare!





Balzaccom

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Re: HIking in Lassen
July 06, 2012 10:01AM
Wow! Now THAT's camp food!

Went there once as a kid, stayed at a private inholding called "Drakesbad"

The hike up Lassen itself was, IIRC, on basically a fire road.

I'd love to go again, but it's a loooong way from Hollywood.
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July 06, 2012 03:05PM
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tanngrisnir3
Wow! Now THAT's camp food!

Went there once as a kid, stayed at a private inholding called "Drakesbad"

The hike up Lassen itself was, IIRC, on basically a fire road.

I'd love to go again, but it's a loooong way from Hollywood.

Drakesbad Guest Ranch is no longer an inholding. It was purchased by NPS a while ago.

There's also a new set of cabins near Manzanita Lake. They're pretty cheap, but have spartan furnishings sort of like a KOA "Kamping Kabin". You'll need to bring sleeping bags and your own cooking equipment, but they will rent out a kit, although it's pricey.
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July 06, 2012 06:49PM
I looked it up, and Drakesbad Guest Ranch was sold to the NPS in 1952. The owner sold the ranch, as well as various inholdings inside the park.

http://www.nps.gov/lavo/parkmgmt/upload/Drakesbad_CLR.pdf

I remember my first trip to Lassen Volcanic NP was done as a day trip from the Bay Area. I left home at about 6 AM and got to the south entrance at about 9:15 AM. I even went to Redding, had a haircut and dinner, saw the Sundial Bridge, and got home around midnight.

I actually got in quite a bit, including the hike the Bumpass Hell as well as the entire loop around Manzanita Lake.
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July 06, 2012 10:08PM
I know, I'm being a killjoy, but isn't Lassen in the Cascades and thus off-topic for this board?
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July 07, 2012 11:40AM
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y_p_w
I know, I'm being a killjoy, but isn't Lassen in the Cascades and thus off-topic for this board?

It's close enough.
Re: HIking in Lassen
July 07, 2012 09:57PM
Technically, the park includes Sierra, Cascade, and Great Basin ecosystems...it's where all three meet.



Balzaccom

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avatar Re: HIking in Lassen
July 08, 2012 03:59AM
Great pics, thanks for taking the time to share.

Seein your dinner made me quite hungry.
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