|Lassen Peak, world's largest plug dome volcano|
|Small rocks cover the ground|
|Larger rocks near the top of the trail|
Our first stop was near the north entrance station at the trailhead for Crags Lake. The ranger we spoke with yesterday recommended this 3.6 mile round trip moderate hike up to the small lake formed when Chaos Crags blew it’s top. The hike was nice through pine forest, but with a pretty steep uphill climb of just over 800 feet. They put all the steep part together and there was more gentle, almost level, trail at the beginning and near the lake. When we got to the point where the lake finally came into view, we were somewhat disappointed in the tiny pond that awaited at the bottom of a steep downhill. We didn’t go down there.
After this hike, we drove over to the picnic area on the south end of Manzanita Lake for our lunch. With a vigorous workout under out belts, it was easy to devour everything in the little cooler.
|View of Manzanita Lake from our lunch spot|
|Ice is breaking up on Lake Helen|
Tomorrow we have a hike planned up the Cinder Cone Volcano.