The drive to Lassen Volcanic National Park
Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
60Trip End Jul 26, 2007
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Then I drove north the rest of the afternoon until I reached Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park was such a place of contrasts with snow everywhere and steaming volcanic vents. Around 400,000 - 600,000 years ago Broke Off Volcano formed and Lassen Peak formed 27,000 years ago as a volcanic vent from the peak. All below me here was volcanic chambers filled with magma. In 1914, there were three years of eruption activity.
As I entered the park I first stopped and took a walk by Sulphur Works where I saw numerous openings in the earth spewing hot steam. I could hear one bubbling violently. It sounded like I was in the kitchen.
As I continued driving I went up a mountain to an elevation of over 9,000 feet. The turns were very hairy!!
Next I stopped at Bumpass Hell and took a grueling three mile rountrip hike around a mountain to view a huge area with hot boiling water and mud pots and steaming vents. The hike was bizarre because in many places I was hiking through snow in the middle of the summer all while in my shorts and a T-shirt.
After 7PM I set up my tent at Manzanita Lake.