This past summer was the first time I’ve ever been to Mt. Lassen. Here’s a quick recap and photo dump of everything I tried to jam pack into four days, plus an extra short trip.
Day One: We drove up from the Bay Area. A few forgotten items gave us a later start than we had anticipated, so we tackled Bumpass Hell that afternoon after getting into camp.
Day Two: We took off to tackle the Clusters Lake loop and the Cinder Cone, but fell a little short. We still ended clocking about 17 miles though. We also had tacos for dinner that night and it was delicious.
Day Three: On the third day, we opted for a more mellow hike from the Kings Creek Falls trailhead to Kings Creek Falls and looping around to Bench Lake and Sifford Lake.
I also ended up tackling Cold Boiling Lake from the Kings Creek Picnic Area, which ended up being underwhelming and slightly disappointing.
For dinner, we made pizza on little round sandwich bread things in foil packets tossed on the fire to get all hot and melty. It was also delicious.
Day Four: This was our last day. It also happened to be July 4th. We woke up at the buttcrack of dawn to hit the Mt. Lassen trail by 5am. We caught the sunrise on the way up and froze at the top. It was beautiful. I also ate a lot of oatmeal for breakfast.
On our way out, I decided I wanted to squeeze in one last thing: Mill Creek Falls.
One Month Later: We decided to come back to tackle the Cinder Cone for reals and check that off our list.