We began on a small dirt road north of the park and hiked south. With increasingly beautiful views, we entered in to the park and stopped for the night at Badger Flat (above photo). We watched dusk settle on a wild scene. Soon, an ancient sky of stars hung like diamonds above. Occasional stars would streak across the black sky.
The next day, we continued our hike south through recent burn areas, past sparkling lakes, along meadows, canyons and old growth trees. We swam in Swan Lake. Our campsite was just south of the park at a spectacular little rocky outcropping with views of Lassen Peak, Terminal Geyser and Willow Lake way below. As dusk settled, several Sandhill Cranes began to call, the sound echoing across the silent valley. Once again, the stars lit up a black, ancient sky. The scene was so utterly perfect it is hard to describe.
On our final day, we continued our hike south along ridges and valleys, past flowing rivers and mountains, to our final destination of highway 36, nearly 40 miles from the start. What a trip!
|Dave and I about to begin our adventure...|
|Some of our first views of Lassen Peak just north of the park|
|One of the Cluster Lakes with the charred forest surrounding it|
|Lower Twin Lake|
|Dropping in to Warner Valley|
|A dramatic view of the Boiling Springs Lake with Lassen Peak to the north|
|Dawn light from Rocky Knob, our second campsite|
|Sweeping views of Lassen Peak and the surrounding mountains on day 3|