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Ascent of Lassen Peak on 2007-09-03

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Monday, September 3, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lassen Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10457 ft / 3187 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first day of a long-planned and longer-imagined fantasy trip -- a trip to a far-away place where I could climb pretty much what I felt like, for as many days as I could manage. I hoped to do at least a few scramble peaks, including some that were more demanding than anything in New England, my home base. I originally hoped to try Mt. Thielsen and Mt. Adams -- but skipped them both, and never even got into Washington state. But I did do 14 peaks in 10 days, and am reasonably satisfied with the totality of it all.
I flew out to Portland and spent the night in Salem, spent the next day driving down to Lassen Volcanic National Park -- then headed over to do Lassen the next morning. Essentially, it was sea-level to 5000+ feet for one night, then starting a climb from 8000 feet up to 10,000+. Probably not the best idea, but it worked out OK.
The trails at Lassen are amazing! From the start of the trail, Lassen looks like a very steep climb -- but the trail is very highly engineered, and is a gentle slope for its entire length right up the tourist summit, with its mounted picture boards with explanations and pointers to places of interest near and far. The actual summit is a very short scramble from there -- only 20 feet or so higher. I found it easy but a few people were skipping it. In any case, my trip was off to a successful start! By the way -- the park wants everyone to stay right on the trail for purposes of erosion control.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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