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"Mountainous landscape some covered with pines, some land still barren following the most recent eruption of May 1915. There are many deep blue lakes visible on the hike as well as light green meadows and other mountain peaks!"
- Heather Jackson

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Wanna hike a volcano?
by Heather Jackson, 29, Vacaville, California, USA
Feb 25, 2000

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Lassen Volcanic National Park, in northern California, boasts the world's largest plug dome volcano, Lassen Peak. At 2,000 ft elevation and rising to a height of 10,457 feet, this is a 'must do' for serious hikers and adventurours alike.

Pick up your free copy of Peak Experiences at the Park entrance gate, containing valuable information and facts regarding the parks hiking trails, camp grounds and Ranger Led Programs. In addition to Lassen peak, the Lassen Volcanic National park has over 150 miles of hiking trails covering forests and flowers, mountains and mud pools, boiling springs, steam vents, lakes and waterfalls. Reflection Lake is just that, like a mirror it reflects the green alpine trees around its shore and the blue sky above. Many of the Parks' lakes can be fished although some are catch and release, check at the entrance gate; California State fishing regulations apply.

Entering the Lassen Volcanic National Park incurs a fee of $10 per vehicle, valid for seven days. Follow the road round until you reach the car park at the beginning of the Lassen Peak trail. Remember to take a good supply of water and a warm jacket, it can get cold and windy up there. What ever you do, don't forget your camera - as you begin to scale Lassen, you'll see why.

Volcano

Be prepared; allow about four hour's round trip for this hike. We start at an elevation of 8,512 feet and rise at Lassen's peak to 10,457 feet, so don't be surprised if you feel a little out of breath, the air is thin up there! The trail is 2.5 miles each way and a steady 15% uphill gradient.

You don't have to hike far before the fantastic views present themselves; it seems as though the whole world is laid out before you. Mountainous landscape some covered with pines, some land still barren following the most recent eruption of May 1915. There are many deep blue lakes visible on the hike as well as light green meadows and other mountain peaks!

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