On the way back from the Madras Eclipse, Lava Beds NP, and Klamatah Falls, we flew down to Chester-Rogers Airport, and got our rental car there. It's kind of funny since he flown just past Lassen on the way down, as well as the visitor center, but obvioulsy were not able to land, so we had to fly further south, and drive back up (about 1H).
Since we got unexpectedly stuck in Klamath Falls the previous day, we got up around 05:30, were at the airport by 06:30, and in the air just before 07:00. This allowed us to land before 08:00 and start driving up to Lassen in time for the visitor center opening at 09:00.
that's the peak we climbed
we got a escort through a one way section of the road up
we arrived by the visitor center smack when it opened (09:00).
we didn't get lucky enough to see a pika this time
We then started driving up, with a quick stop at Sulphur Works:
the park also has a Cinder Cone crater, which I failed to fly by
pretty active pool
Next, we opted to climb Lassen peak while the weather was good:
top of the world!
We then went to Bumpass Hell, which isn't much compared to yellowstone, but still worth seeing:
people studying snow
this big rock was moved by glaciers
My next plan worked out great, we hitchhiked to Devastated Area to view the displays, and from there we walked back down the road 10mn to hat creek trailhead. The plan was to hike back up to our car on the south side of the trail.
We then hiked Hat Creek to Paradise Meadows and back to our car (with a quick stop at terrace lake and shadow lake because they were close enough. By then, Jennifer who was almost running in front of me, had run out of steam, so it was good that we got back to our car by 19:00, just in time to drive back to the airport and take off by 20:00 as the sun was setting:
it's full of big rocks that got brought by glaciers