Thursday, October 25, 2018

Crumbaugh Lake ↔ Lassen Volcanic National Park ↔ Autumn Hiking Series

Lassen Volcanic National Park

I made the hike to Crumbaugh Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park and it wasn't bad at all! There were a few little steep sections, but nothing compared to some of the other hikes we've been on in the park. We will definitely do this trail again in the spring to see how the landscape changes.

And the lake was pretty! Like I've mentioned about the Lassen lakes before, I was surprised at how different this one was from the others we've hiked to. The park has a wonderful variety pack when it comes to scenery!

Lassen Volcanic National Park

I think I'm ready to take on some longer and more difficult hikes and I just hope there's time before it starts snowing and the park closes for the winter!

I'm giving this trail 5 Porthos' "God, I love my work" out of 5. How refreshing to hike for 5 miles and not feel like you're going to go into cardiac arrest!

Hubby loved this hike as well, and gives it 5 "All for one and more for me" stars out of 5.

Oh, and here's some bonus photos of King's Creek...

Lassen Volcanic National Park

There's a little trail that runs alongside it right across from the trailhead to Crumbaugh Lake!

Here's the highlight video from our hike to Cold Boiling Lake and Crumbaugh Lake:

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hiking to Cold Boiling Lake ↔ Lassen Volcanic National Park ↔ Autumn Hiking Series

My Sunrise Hiking series continues with a hike to Cold Boiling Lake and Crumbaugh Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park!

The moon was huge in the sky when we arrived and later we found out that it's a Harvest Moon. I still can't believe how well my little camera did at photographing the details of the craters! It just goes to show you that you don't have to have expensive equipment to take beautiful photos.

I really enjoyed the hike to Cold Boiling Lake. It was probably the easiest hike we've been on in Lassen so far and we didn't cross paths with anyone until we were halfway back to the trailhead. Maybe I'm getting better at this hiking thing because I wasn't even sore the next day and that's saying a lot!

I think the first thing you notice when you're standing next to the lake is how quiet it is. Sure, there are a few birds chattering away in the trees once in a while, but for the most part there is absolute silence. And that's hard to come by anywhere else!

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There were a few bubbles coming up to the surface, but I'd call it more of a simmer than a boil!

The reflections were amazing on this lake in the early morning light...

Lassen Volcanic National Park

I liked the simplicity of this hike and am rating it 5 Gus thumbs up out of 5. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Hubby agrees and gives it 5 Shawn and Gus fist bumps out of 5. πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š

Tomorrow, I'll post photos from the rest of our hike to Crumbaugh Lake. In the meantime, be sure to watch the video with highlights from our hike!

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Relaxing Lakes Video ~ Lassen Volcanic National Park

Sit back, relax and enjoy calming music and the beautiful mountain lakes of Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California...

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Crystal Lake ↔ Lassen National Park ↔ Autumn Hiking Series

Welcome to another installment in the Sunrise Hiking series! Today, we're hiking all the way up to beautiful Crystal Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

I'm not gonna lie, this trail was a beast! It's all uphill, all the way!

This things was so steep that if it wasn't for hubby encouraging me to keep going, I probably would have turned back!

But, you know what they say about the views being worth the climb!

This is an overhead view of Juniper Lake! (You can read the full post from our hike to Juniper Lake and Horseshoe Lake here.)

And just wait, the views get even better if you can believe it!

We were up so high that we ended up above the trees!

And arriving at Crystal Lake comes with a big payoff. This lake is absolutely stunning and I don't know if photos can even do it justice.

P.S. I'm still loving my new insulated backpack cooler!

We did a little exploring (hey, that's what this journey is all about, right?) and found a way up to look out over the lake. Look at all those stunning shades of blue!

This was truly the first hike where I've felt on top of the world. Wonder how (someday) hiking Lassen Peak is gonna feel!

The amazing view of Juniper Lake was breathtaking, along with the surrounding mountains...

This hike is easy to rate, even with our overly complicated rating system. No question, it gets 5 "I'm your huckleberry"'s out of 5. πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡

Hubby is sticking with the Tombstone theme and going with 5 "Isn't that a daisy?"'s out of 5. 🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼

Here's the highlight video from the three lakes we hiked to on this trip, Crystal Lake, Juniper Lake and Horseshoe Lake:

Where to next???

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