Our first full day in Lassen included some day hikes to Kings Creek Falls, Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff lakes as well as Bumpass Hell from our Summit Lake base camp.
Photos below from Kings Creek Falls hike:
Hike to beautiful Shadow, Terrace, and Cliff lakes:
Fumaroles, mud pots, and boiling springs – Bumpass Hell had it all:
Summit Lake campground was a bit noisy, so for the next 2 days we decided to get away from it all and backpack to Horseshoe Lake, a nine-mile hike. It turned out to be a beautiful setting with no one in sight at this 6600′ level alpine lake.
It was a hard hike (we are not in shape….yet) but well worth it
Lots of wildlife, a “pet”deer, beautiful birds, and a cool lake to bathe in.
Chromies, the dirt-potty-digger got its inaugural trip!! 🙂
We were exhausted after a long hike and thought we would finally get a good night’s rest. But not so. James’ air mattress went flat in the middle of the first night! Now, the 2nd night topped it all. We had a 2nd backcountry hiker camp near by who gave off a weird vibe. That night we drifted off to sleep rather early after a day hike to nearby Juniper Lake and Inspiration Point, but got awoken suddenly @ 2:00 am by the strangest noise. It sounded like our new neighbor was chopping wood in the middle of the night. We both spent the next 2 hours stressed to the max wondering if we were next! We never found out for sure what the noise was (it wasn’t our neighbor chopping wood!), but were so relieved to hear birds chirping and daylight filtering in in the early morning hours. We were tired and determined to get outta there, when something else happened, a near by tree was getting torn apart by….. a bear!!! And the conversation went like this: James said “Where is the camera?”, to which Sylvie responded “Where the hell is the bear mace??? In the end, the bear sniffed us from a short distance and decided he was not interested (may be we were too gamey?), and went his own way! James snapped the nice picture below, before we left in a hurry, swearing we would not backcountry camp for a little while and just put up with known human noise.