Backpacking Lassen Day Two: Snag Lake to Cinder Cone to Upper Twin Lake

Three Day Backpacking Lassen Lake Loop

Day 2 of backpacking in Lassen! Woke up bright and early on Snag Lake to a malfunctioning shutter on my 5D Mark II… the rest of the photos are iPhone snaps.

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Today, we decided to hike to the Cinder Cone before circling back to Lower Twin Lake to camp. We had planned on camping somewhere near the Clusters but the weather was a little unpredictable and didn’t want to deal with getting crushed by falling trees.

Three Day Backpacking Lassen Lake Loop

The trail from Snag Lake to Cinder Cone was hot, hot hot. We tucked our packs on the side of the trail before continuing up to the Cinder Cone. Lugging large packs up the pile of cinders sounded extremely unpleasant. From there, we enjoyed views of the Painted Sand Dunes, Mt. Lassen and inside the Cinder Cone before heading down to retrieve our packs.

Three Day Backpacking Lassen Lake Loop

We followed the trail to Rainbow Lake, and then retraced our steps to Lower Twin Lake where we’d been previously. We found a sweet campsite under the trees right by the lake. It rained for a bit and then suddenly, a rainbow. The sunset that night was top notch.

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Gear: Mountain Hardwear Ozonic 50 Outdry Backpack, Outdoor Research Aspire Rain Jacket, Outdoor Research Constellation Hoody, Icebreaker Tech T Lite, Norrøna Bitihorn Softshell Pants, Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX Boots, Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles