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I, Mountain Climber: Lassen Peak (Day 15)

Fully acclimated to the extreme elevation (8,500′ at the trailhead), I went ahead and hit the peak trail. The Lassen Peak hike is notable for being one of the easiest-to-access 10K+ foot peaks that exists anywhere. It’s a 2.5-mile (each way) trail — but it gains 2,000 feet in elevation, so it’s a little steep.

brokeoff mountain and friendsThe Three Stooges — or something like that. The one on the left is Brokeoff Mountain again and this view is the hike’s constant companion as the trail switchbacks all across the south slope of Lassen.

lassen peak trail lake helen

Lake Helen, the hike’s other constant companion. The lake is right next to the three peaks above, just that you (I) can’t get them into the same photo frame.

lassen peak topLooking ahead to the final assault!

shasta from lassen peakMt. Shasta from the final Lassen Peak snowfield.

lassen peak me at topMade it! My head is higher than the highest point on the mountain, which I’m calling good enough. Even if I weren’t acrophobic, I’m still not stupid (based on recent GMAT scores).

Other random notes:

  • I think I’m getting better at hiking uphill. Which I suppose makes sense.
  • There was a surprisingly large bee population at the peak.
  • This is the highest peak I’ve ever climbed, easy hike or no.
  • And it’s only easy in terms of length…

Out.

bkd

  1. July 29th, 2009 at 08:42 | #1

    When I go to the cabin, takes 2 or 3 days of climbing up hills for the quads to get back in shape. I’m trying to spend more time on the 20-yard hill here in Illinois to keep it down to 2 days next month.

  2. Jasper
    August 8th, 2009 at 11:32 | #2

    Was the Lassen Peak trail in poor condition when you were there? Sadly the next day, a 9 year old boy died in a rock slide. Apparently a rock wall gave way.

  3. August 8th, 2009 at 11:44 | #3

    Wow, that’s pretty terrible and hard to imagine — I thought the trail was in great shape. The only part that seemed at all dodgy was crossing the one snowfield (not the one at the peak), but otherwise it seemed like one of the best cared-for trails I’ve been on in the last four weeks (but I wasn’t exactly inspecting the retaining walls along the way). Really sad.

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