This was such a diverse and beautiful trail! There were meadows, streams and forested areas and everything in between. We saw lots and lots of wildflowers and several different kinds of butterflies. We even had our very-first Sooty Grouse sighting, too. It took us 9 hours to complete the 8 mile round trip and the elevation topped out at 9235 feet, the trail starting at 6635 ft.
Strenuous is no lie. The hike up is all uphill and we were worried a few times that we might not make it. There isn't a lot of shade on the last 3/4 of the trail and that late summer sun can be bru-tal. We kept each other motivated, and although it might have taken us longer than the average hiker, we made it to the top and enjoyed awesome views of Lassen Peak, the whole entire valley and even Mt. Shasta to the north.
With this bad boy of a hike under our belt, we only have a few more trails left in the park to conquer. Better get to it before the snow starts falling!
(A lot of hiking videos on YouTube only show the way there. I like also showing scenes from the way back because we start our hikes so early in the morning that the lighting is completely different in the afternoon and I want to show what a difference the sun makes on the scenery.)
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