Ascent of Cinder Cone on 2020-02-09
|Date:||Sunday, February 9, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6907 ft / 2105 m|
Ascent Trip ReportHad 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.
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|
| Time:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 5 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Volcanoes |
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3295 ft / 1004 m Total Trip Loss: 3295 ft / 1004 m
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