A few stats: Mt. Lassen (10,463') is located in northern California, and is the southernmost volcano of the Cascade range (the same one that has Mt. Rainier and the explosive Mt. St. Helens). The park is currently celebrating the centennial of the mountain's last eruptive cycle, which probably tells you most of what you need to know about volcanic activity! Definitely not a dead volcano. The park has areas of impressive thermal activity (not in Yellowstone quantities, but still good). Most of that requires a walk to get to it, so we didn't visit--too hard to walk in our bike shoes. Ironically, touring by bike turned us into the worst sort of "windshield tourist" who never leaves the pavement.
Our ride started outside the Park, so the entrance sign was a good excuse to stop.
|I love the wisp of steam from the mountain in the picture on the sign.|
|The road got a serious case of the wiggles. This was actually good--it really was never terribly steep. It just kept going.|
|Yes, that is boiling mud.|
|I shot this on the way back down when the light was better. Sunlight through the steam over the bubbling mud pot.|
Mid-afternoon, and I finally reached the high point on the road (despite the sign, it is only the "summit" of the pass, not of the peak! You have to hike to get up there--a trip I have never done, and would definitely not care to do at this time of year--too hot and dry).
|Sadly, this wasn't the turn-around. I had to go down the other side a few miles--and climb back up!|
|Kings Creek and random tourists|
|Usually I'd snoot this sort of ice cream. After 40+ miles, with 10 or more to go, it was delicious :)|
Lassen is a cool park practically in our back yard. One of these days we need to go spend more time there and explore all the thermal features!
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2015
Photos shot on my new IPhone 5, which doesn't do too badly for a phone.