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Ascent of Lassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point on 2016-08-19

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Daniel Schwartz
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10400 ft / 3169 m

Ascent Trip Report

I led five members of my hiking club to the Lassen summit, while other sub-groups went to other sites. My fourth time on the summit, which I only did in order to reach this wilderness area HP on the opposite side of the crater.

This was my 100th Calif. wilderness area highpoint!

Only Daniel Schwartz joined me for the WAHP. Once on the crater rim on the main train I set a "go to" for my GPS unit. The WAHP was exactly where I thought it would be - a crag on the far side of the crater.
We followed intermittent use trails as well as utilized some nice stretches of snow pack. It was harder than I expected it to be as we headed pretty much directly across the crater. Some backtracking and side skirting was necessary to avoid a few of the crumbly class 3 chunks of volcanic rock. Eventually we found a use trail traversing up the left side of the summit and scrambled to the HP on the rim. I then went down a gentle sloped ridge until my previously created waypoint was reached, just a half minute or less walk away.
Views were OK. Wildfires in California pretty much caused a moderate haze everywhere. No summit register or benchmark.
We then went to the Lassen HP itself, following use trails pretty much along the crater rim and clockwise. This proved to be much easier than our trek directly across the crater. There was a few feet of easy class 3 just after leaving the WAHP.

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A view from where the trail first reaches the Lassen crater rim. Lassen Peak summit is the crag on the right. The wilderness area HP is on the crag in the middle, directly across the crater (2016-08-19). Photo by Dan Baxter.
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Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Trail, class 2, very
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Lassen Peak trail then across the crater
    Trailhead:Lassen Peak trailhead  
Descent Statistics
    Route:clockwise crater rim then the trail



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