Ascent of Cinder Cone on 2020-02-09

Climber: PJ Anderer

Date:Sunday, February 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cinder Cone
    Elevation:6907 ft / 2105 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had a nice surprise of 2 miles of entry road clear of snow. But when it started I parked and hoofed the rest of the way. Cold morning meant the snow was solid and stable so not too bad. Butte lake was frozen over and the fantastic lave beds were half-covered. Messed around there a bit and then over to cinder cone to climb up. The north side was completely covered with snow and ice and was tricky in places. I followed footprints most of the way, which gave me warning when I was going to slide on ice down the side. As fun as that would have been I preferred reaching the top. Surprised how deep the caldera is, and couldn’t resist the trail down into the center. Snow makes the bottom difficult so I hiked back up and discovered the south side trail, which was mostly clear of snow. Oh, well. Great views of Lassen in all its snow-covered glory. Painted dunes were nice, albeit mostly painted over with white.
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Cinder cone’s north side covered in snow (2020-02-09). Photo by PJ Anderer.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1207 ft / 367 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Park road/cinder cone trail
    Trailhead:Road into park  6000 ft / 1828 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Volcanoes

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cinder Cone2020-02-091207 ft / 368 m
2Prospect Peak2020-02-022088 ft / 636 m
Total Trip Gain: 3295 ft / 1004 m    Total Trip Loss: 3295 ft / 1004 m

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