|Cinder Cone with trail up the side.|
This trail is relatively short--just over 2 miles one way. The first mile and a half is relatively flat. The going was somewhat difficult, however, because the foot bed was crushed cinder about the consistency of sand. I found it difficult and tiresome to walk on. On the way to the Cinder Cone we passed the Fantastic Lava Beds and got a glimpse of the Painted Dunes. This area has been very slow at revegetation and there are still very few trees surrounding this cone that erupted about 350 years ago.
Cinder Cone has two rims--an inner and an outer rim. We hiked down to the inner rim to cross to the other side of the crater. There was a trail that went down into the center, but I could see it just fine from where I stood. No need to go down there.
|Lassen Peak as seen from top of Cinder Cone|
|Painted Dunes with lava beds in background|
Tomorrow morning we hit the road again. Our destination for tomorrow evening is Crater Lake. Oregon, at last.