The Lassen Peak trail offers hikers the opportunity to climb to the top of one of the largest plug dome volcanoes in the world. The trail climbs through twisted mountain hemlock, white back pine trees, and sand like cinders. As the trees thin, the vistas appear; the trail steepens into a series of switchbacks along a rocky ridge to the summit. The maintained trail ends at the first summit – opening up to panoramic views of the park and beyond. Hikers may choose to adventure up the second summit or the peak crater, where a lingering rotten egg smell of hydrogen sulfide reminds visitors that Lassen is ever-active.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/lavo