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We hike the trails of Lassen National Park and Caribou Wilderness.  Our maps are free to you, the hiker.


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Lassen Peak up-and-back

season:  mid July-mid Oct (snow mid Oct-mid July)

length:  5.0 miles

elevation gain:  2000'

elevation range:  8450-10457'

rules: Lassen National Park

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The peak. 

Lassen Peak can be seen from most of the other hikes.  It is the third highest mountain in Northern California, north of the Tahoe region.

The trail is moderately steep, and may have dangerous snow patches.  A hiker was killed by falling rocks in 2009.

There is little shade or shelter, and the elevation often causes altitude sickness (solution: descend, descend).  Sunglasses strongly recommended, as well as sunscreen and/or long clothes for light-skinned people.  Check the weather forecast for likelihood of thunderstorms.

That being said, Lassen Peak is one of the least difficult major peaks.  It is the highest peak in the Cascade Range with a trail up it.  There are usually plenty of other hikers in case the need for help should arise.

And the views are sublime.