Ascent of Cinder Cone on 2007-09-05

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cinder Cone
    Elevation:6907 ft / 2105 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cinder Cone and Prospect Peak are in the northeast corner of Lassen Volcanic Park. To get to them from the main part of the part takes about 50 minutes -- you go north on Route 89 out of the park, turn right on Route 44, and eventually come back into the park to the Butte Lake Campground. It is a little confusing -- on your way in you pass a sign to "Butte Lake Campground in Lassen National Forest" that points left down a much sketchier road than the one you are already on. Ignore this sign -- you need the Butte Lake Campground that is in Lassen National Park. There is a sign in the parking lot that says "Cinder Cone Trail" -- this trail leads to both Cinder Cone and Prospect Peak.
This little mountain was already getting warm when I started up the trail from the lake at 9:00 AM. The mountain is just what it sounds like -- a perfect cone created by an eruption just 300 years ago. The trail is artfully arranged to curl around the back of the cone so the front is unscarred by footprints. I climbed up the trail, walked around the top of the cone, and headed back. I probably should have climbed down to the bottom of the central crater (there is a trail there), but skipped it. There are signs reminding you to stay on established trails.
On the way back to the lake, I turned off on the Prospect Peak trail, which leaves north from the Cinder Cone trail about 1/4 mile from the parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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