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Ascent of Lassen Peak in 2008-06

Climber: David Kensiski

Others in Party:Eric Kensiski
Date:June, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lassen Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10457 ft / 3187 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had hiked Lassen several times during my youth as a YMCA camp counselor, but this was my time with my own son. He was 11 years old and this was his first real hiking. He loved it! And he caught the peak bagger bug and now accompanies me on many of my adventures.

The trail is a constant grade and fairly steep -- mostly above the tree line. Even in early season would probably be hot except for the constant breeze. Park Service calls it a 5 mile round trip. Not sure if that includes the scrambling over boulders to reach the weather station at the highest point, but it's worth the effort for the 360 degree view. Stupendous.

Eric and I descended into the caldera and had a snowball fight with the near-ever present snow.

Return was uneventful, but a cold beer from the trail head gift shop was very welcome!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1957 ft / 597 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Trail
    Trailhead:Trail head  8500 ft / 2590 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear



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