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Brokeoff Mountain and Lassen Peak: Lassen Volcanic NP

Fall has arrived! With fall comes dramatic weather, cooler temperatures, and rain. What’s a hiker to do? Hit the trails! So we packed our warmer sleeping bags and rain gear and off we went to Lassen Volcanic National Park… Lassen Peak – 5 miles, strenuous The California Conservation Corp and National Park trail crews have…

Chaos Crags and Moon

Manzanita Lake Area: Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Manzanita Lake Area is probably the busiest area of the park that we have visited thus far. Camping cabins, a store, showers, laundry, and easy lakefront access make this area attractive to families and others on a relaxing weekend. While the area is great for families, rugged adventurers can also find enjoyment. While good…

The Ritter Range

Seeking the Impossible: Solitude in Yosemite NP

Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited parks in the country but that does not mean you can’t find peace and quiet. This trip is a 33.4-mile out-and-back. We completed it in 3 days. There are a ton of lakes in the area as well as the potential for longer loops. We turned around…

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8 Must-See California Wilderness Areas

  “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” – Wilderness Act, September 3, 1964 To celebrate the 50th…

Lassen Peak from Prospect Peak

The Butte Lake Area: Lassen Volcanic National Park

  Prospect Peak, Cinder Cone, Butte Lake, as well as trails leading to other lakes can all be accessed from the Butte Lake entrance. The campground is large but was mostly empty when we were there. Lassen National Forest is adjacent to the park and offers great camping that is accessible to most vehicles. Why is…

Pass-the-Grass

8 Must-See Sites in Dinosaur National Monument

In 1915, the 80-acre Carnegie Quarry, excavated under Paleontologist Earl Douglass for the Carnegie Museum, was protected to create Dinosaur National Monument. Today, the monument covers 210,000 acres of gorgeous country. While the park is not protected as wilderness, it is managed as such until Congress acts on the recommendation to formally declare it as…

Sky on Fire

Summit Lake to Cinder Cone: Lassen Volcanic National Park

If you have read our previous posts (Warner Valley, Confessions) about Lassen Volcanic National Park, then you know we are participating in the Reach Higher Trail Challenge. To learn more about the challenge, visit the NPS website. Our 3rd challenge was to visit a water source. Lassen Volcanic is home to 4 watersheds so the…