Lassen National Park was the perfect getaway to celebrate our anniversary and John’s birthday. It’s less than a 3 hour drive and easy to get to right after school on a Friday. We were hoping that Manzanita Lake Campground with it’s 179 sites would provide a wealth of empty sites. It did in C- loop – as there were numerous big school groups in B-loop, A-loop looked full and D is for tents only. we loved our site and had a nice little view of Mt. Lassen! It’s had to just stay two nights and face a work day on Monday – but so worth it.

C loop site #45 and all set up.

The view we had and being on the outside of the loop was perfect. The road behind us was used only occasionally by bikes and a small amount of vehicles.

Mt. Lassen hiking trail map – about 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1957 feet.

The beginning of the Bumpass Hell trail – picture time with Brokeoff Mountain in the background. The Brokeoff Mt. hike was the hardest hike I had ever done – 2600 ft gain and 7.5 miles round trip. It was good it was behind us!

Bumpass Hell is about a 3 mile hike and pretty easy with only a 300 foot gain. There were a lot of people on the trail as it was Saturday.

There are thermal warnings on this trail because of the hydrothermal areas. Part of the plank walkway was closed which was a bummer.

Sunday we walked around Manzanita Lake – about an hour and it is all flat. Not many people on it – there were a lot of birds. I had fun taking pictures.