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Ascent of Lassen Peak on 2015-06-23

Climber: Austin D. Smith

Others in Party:Mark Smith -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Lassen Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10457 ft / 3187 m

Ascent Trip Report

I thought this would this would be a throw away hike as its a short, practically paved trail to the crater but It turned out I was wrong. The views from the top into the crater below and out in the horizon are incredible. We hiked up from the parking lot in an hour and 12 minutes. One you get to the top of the "new" Reach the Peak Trail you have to use an unmaintained climbers trail to the actual summit a few feet away. We weren't 100% sure on which little summit spire was the true summit (there are about 4) so we climbed on top of each one. There is one with some incredible lightning strikes, better than on Mount Thielsen. We knew about the Lassen Volcanic Wilderness Highpoint and couldn't resist an excuse to go walk the crater rim of the moon scape landscape. We spend about 45 minutes exploring the crater and hiked back down in 1 hour and 3 minutes.
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My Dad and I on the summit celebrating our 16th summit on our quest to summit the 20 major cascade volcanoes! (2015-06-23). Photo by Austin D. Smith.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1957 ft / 596 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Lassen Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Lassen Peak TRHD  8500 ft / 2590 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2, 3
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 12 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Lassen Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Lassen Peak2015-06-23 a1957 ft / 596 m
Total Trip Gain: 1957 ft / 596 m    Total Trip Loss: 1957 ft / 596 m



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