WALKING THE WORLD®
California: Lassen Volcanic National Park
August 14 – 22, 2019
Join us for an unforgettable journey through an enchanting world of Alpine forests, rolling hills, crystal lakes, hanging glaciers and spectacular peaks. Switzerland, indeed, offers some of the most stunning scenery in Europe. Best of all, because of the many trains, cable cars and other public transportation, the options for hiking are unlimited. Our adventure is based in two of Switzerland’s most magnificent areas – Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen Valley, home of the Eiger, a 13,025 foot mountain that towers over the Swiss town of Grindelwald, and Zermatt, home to the world famous and strikingly beautiful Matterhorn. Daily contests are held to see who can find the best of the best in strudel and cappuccinos. Charming accommodations in quality hotels, friendly locals, spectacular scenery and quaint villages await us as we show you the best Switzerland has to offer!
DEPOSIT : To reserve your space, a $400 deposit per person is required. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the trip departure date. If applying within 60 days of the trip departure, full payment is required.
Hidden away in the far northeastern corner of California, Lassen Volcanic National Park is a jewel in our National Park System. If you’ve ever wanted to visit a National Park without the crush of too many people but still experience jagged peaks, glacial shaped valleys, a hydrothermal system unmatched by anything outside of Yellowstone, crystal clear rivers, placid lakes, more than 40 volcanoes, including one of the world’s largest plugged dome volcanoes, you’ll want to join us in Lassen. While hiking this unique environment, you’ll feel yourself relax and rejuvenate in the tranquility of Nature’s beautiful surroundings.
ITINERARY: (May be changed at the discretion of the trip leader.)
Day 1: Meet at 9:00 am in Reno, Nevada after breakfast. Then we’ll board our vans and head to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Our two and one-half hour drive will give us time to get to know each other a bit and enjoy the scenery along the way. Come prepared with everything you’ll need to hike. At Lassen, after a visit to the park’s Kohm Yah-mak-nee (Snow Mountain) visitor center, we’ll head out for a short hike. Our evening includes a welcome dinner and introduction to our hikes in Lassen.
Day 2: Bumpass Hell: 3 miles with 300 feet elevation gain. Bumpass Hell, covering an area of about 16 acres, is unique to anything else in the Cascade Range. Tagged as “hell on earth” by Kendall Vanhook Bumpass in the 1800’s, the area is known for its hissing fumaroles, hot springs, and mud pots, all exhibited in a myriad of colors. On our hike, we’ll enjoy the geologic wonders an area like Bumpass offers. PLEASE stay on the trail. Big Boiler, one of the hottest fumaroles in the world, is located here, with water temperatures reaching 322 degrees Fahrenheit. One reason Mr. Bumpass might have used the term he did for this area was his unfortunate fall through the thin crust of the area, resulting in serious burns to his leg. Staying on the boardwalk will allow us to safely and serenely enjoy this geologic wonder.
While in this area we’ll have views of the surrounding jagged peaks and glacier carved U-shaped valleys. Note the Large boulder at the end of the parking lot when we arrive. Termed a “glacial erratic”, this huge boulder was left as the glaciers in the area retreated.
Day 3: Cinder Cone: 4.6 miles with 846 elevation gain. While a variety of cinder cones dot the landscape of Lassen Volcanic National Park, none may be more spectacular than the one dubbed “Cinder Cone”, our destination for today. The surrounding Fantastic Lava Beds, their real name, and the colorful Painted Dunes, were created by our Cinder Cone. The views of the lava beds and painted dunes from the top will delight us. And, if you feel adventurous, a short hike on the back side of the cone will offer excellent views of Mt. Lassen and Brokeoff Mountain. If you love photography, this is definitely a day for you!
Day 4. Brokeoff Mountain: 7.4 miles with a 2,600’ elevation gain. On today’s hike we’ll head through open meadows and forest on our way to the summit of Brokeoff Mountain. In our position above timberline, we’ll have superb views of Lassen Peak, Chaos Crags, Mt. Shasta, and the old Brokeoff Volcano (Mt. Tehama) caldera. Normally, we’ll also enjoy a magnificent display of wildflowers, a variety of birds including western tanagers, flycatchers, chickadees, and juncos, as well as deer, and possibly, black bear. From a previous participant: “The only word for the view from the top is fantastic!!”
Day 5. Terrace, Shadow, Cliff and Summit Lakes: 4.7 miles. Today’s hike is moderate. We’ll shuttle a vehicle to the Summit Lake area and start our hike just off the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway. Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes, three beautiful and serene lakes along our trail, are perfect for a relaxed days adventure. All 3 lakes lie in cirques below the north base of Reading Peak. We’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at Cliff Lake, and for those interested, the waters of Cliff Lake offer the opportunity for a quick dip. After lunch, and potentially a swim, we’ll don our boots and head to Summit Lake.
Day 6. King’s Creek and Cascade Falls. 4 – 5 miles. Lassen offers an amazing array of beautiful places, but you’ll absolutely love today’s hike. The meadows, with the water running through them, are stunning, and the views of the valley and mountains are inspiring. Wildlife, wildflowers, peaceful meadows, birds, deer, and of course, the falls, are riveting. We’re shooting to have lunch above Cascade Falls.
Day 7. Lassen Peak Trail: 4.8 miles with a 1,957 feet elevation gain. Today we challenge mighty Lassen Peak. At an elevation of 10,457 feet, Lassen Peak is one of world’s largest plugged dome volcanoes (Lassen has grown from successive layers of its own lava being laid down over each other). Lassen has also been known by other names. Ishi, the last of the California Indians, called it Waganupa, meaning “the center of the world”. The park was finally named after Danish explorer Peter Lassen, who helped establish a route for pioneers through the Lassen Volcanic area to the Sacramento Valley. We’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out on our trek. If we’re lucky, we’ll be serenaded in the early morning hours by chirping birds, chipmunks, and woodchucks, all cheering us on. Our trailhead starts at 8,500 feet and ends at the summit at 10,463 feet. Our trail takes us through fields of silver lupine, white bark pine, and mountain hemlock. The view from the summit is spectacular and all- encompassing showcasing Cinder Cone, Bumpass hell, Shadow, Cliff, Summit, and Manzanita Lakes, and Reading Peak. Also, Mt. Shasta looms in the distance, towering at an impressive 14,180 feet.
Day 8. Mt. Shasta – the second highest peak in the Cascades, with seven named glaciers, is our destination today. Shasta is known as being one of the world’s most sacred mountains and is one of the world’s largest stratovolcanoes in size and scope similar to Mount Fuji and Cotopaxi. In addition, it’s estimated from artifacts found in the area, that the surrounding area has been inhabited for more than 11,000 years. While not usually considered as such, Shasta, in terms of mystic relevance, ranks alongside some of the world’s most sacred known sites including Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, and the pyramids of Egypt. Shasta is known as an active volcano and has erupted several times in the past 8,000 years, including one eruption in 1786. Our hikes will take us to some of the area’s pristine lakes, rivers, and forests. Be ready for some awe-inspiring views!
Day 9. After breakfast, depart for Reno and destinations unknown…
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
8 nights double occupancy
Meals as listed on itinerary
Walking The World guides
All admission fees to scheduled stops
All ground transportation to and from Reno, Nevada during trip
Walking The World T-shirt
Good fun, humor, and companionship