Hiking in Lassen Volcanic National Park 2014

So Chuck! What are we doing today?  Chuck’s response while we were in Susanville, California running our first 50K Ultramaraton, “Hiking in the Lassen Volcanic National Park.” Most people rest before running a 50K, not us, we hiked 20 miles.

Our Hiking Adventures

Day One: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lassen Peak

It is currently sleeping. The last eruption was in 1915.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Loomis Museum

We stopped at the Loomis Museum to chat with the Rangers and get our bearings.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

We also peeked in the windows of the seismograph building.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Hot Rock

According to the tour book we purchased at the Loomis Museum, “This enormous chunk of rock came from the summit of Lassen Peak, swept here by the May 19-20, 1915 avalanche and mudflow. At about 30 tons (60,000 lbs) it weighs about as much as a fully-loaded semi-truck”. The rock is no longer hot, but Jeff and I are still pretty hot. 

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Devastated Area

Next stop was the “Devastated Area.” At this stop there is a short, easy interpretive trail that explains what happened during the volcanic eruption. It was here Chuck discovered 7 carloads of pre-teens were on a field trip in the park. They wheeled into the parking lot not long after we arrived. The look of terror on Chuck’s face was priceless. He quickly snapped a few pictures and herded us into the Tahoe. Much to Chuck’s chagrin, the tweens were always close behind us.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Kings Creek Falls

We avoided the tweens by hiking to Kings Creek Falls.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Bumpass Hell

Pew! Kendall Vanhook Bumpass found this area in 1864 which is why it is called “Bumpass Hell.” Angie and I didn’t enjoy the smell, but of course the tweens that were following us loved it! There are no geysers, but it is the same as the geothermal areas in Yellowstone.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Lake Helen

We gazed at Lake Helen just before our trek to Bumpass Hell.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

Emerald Lake

We ended our day with a hike to Emerald Lake. It is extremely shallow and you can see to the bottom. No kids, and very peaceful.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2014

We have more photos from our excursion on day one in our gallery.

Day 2: October 10, 2014

So Chuck! Where are we going today?

Lassen Volcanic National Park - Cinder Cone - 2014

With the prospect of the 50K looming on the horizon, we opted for the short hike to the Cinder Cone. It was very sandy and very much a workout.

The Lava Beds

It looks like someone dumped a pile rocks.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - Cinder Cone - 2014

Is it hot?

Lassen Volcanic National Park - Cinder Cone - 2014

A section of the Nobles Emigrant Trail passes south of Cinder Cone.

Lassen Volcanic National Park - Cinder Cone - 2014

We wondered as we wandered down the trail if it was used as a movie set for “Total Recall.”

Lassen Volcanic National Park - Cinder Cone - 2014

We were parched and ready for a beer. We set off to Weed, California to see Mount Shasta and find a brew pub. We have many more photos of the Cinder Cone in our gallery.

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