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Posts tagged Lassen Volcanic National Park

Waterfall Wednesday

Kings Creek Falls

Reflecting on September

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Manzanita Lake @ Lassen Volcanic National Park (September 2017)

Lassen’s Painted Dunes from Cinder Cone

Lassen's Painted Dunes from Cinder Cone

On our way out of Lassen a couple weeks ago we decided to head to a different corner of the park to hike Cinder Cone. While Lassen’s more known areas weren’t crowded on a weekday in September, Butte Lake and Cinder Cone were pretty much deserted. The hike up Cinder Cone wasn’t that long, but the extreme winds and shifting, rocky surface made for an exhausting climb. However, the effort was well worth the views at the top.

The lake in this photo is Snag Lake with Ash Butte to the left of it. As the rays of sunlight moved from the lake to dance over the Painted Dunes the scene was truly spectacular.

View from Bumpass Hell Trail

Bumpass Hell Trail

One of the views I mentioned last week was this one.

The three peaks in this photo are (from left to right): Brokeoff Mountain, Mt. Diller, and Pilot Pinnacle.

Bumpass Hell @ Lassen Volcanic National Park

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7-photo photomerge of Bumpass Hell in Lassen

Funny name, really cool place. The easy hike to Bumpass Hell has some spectacular views. Once you arrive at Bumpass Hell, it feels like you’re in another world.

Manzanita Lake @ Lassen Volcanic National Park

manzanita lake Lassen Volcanic National Park

Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park just after a thunder storm and just before sunset

@LassenNPS @Manzanita_Lake

For some, unknown reason I have spent more than 40 years of my life within 5 hours of Lassen Volcanic National Park (most of the last 17 years less than 3 hours away) and yet I had never been there (before last week). What was I thinking?

I’ve been to Yosemite many times, but in some ways Lassen is better. For starters, the crowds are far smaller.

Manzanita Lake blew me away. I couldn’t get enough of it. The views from the lake change drastically as you walk around it, and they also are quite different as the day progresses. It didn’t hurt that we had thunderstorms for brief moments each day. Pre- and post-storm clouds over the lake were awesome.

More photos of Lassen and Manzanita Lake coming soon…

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