This park is a favorite of ours, and we spent many a summer vacation here with the kids when we were car camping. We went back this last weekend with our company, so that everyone could enjoy this great park.
And we did enjoy it!
Major hikes included the trail up Manzanita Creek on the first evening...a wonderful seven miles up towards Lassen Peak and a series of meadows, and with views of Chaos Crags, Lassen Peak, and Loomis. That's Loomis Peak below.
And the next day we were the first hikers of the season to hike into Bumpass Hell--always a memorable hike. Here's an overview of the gelthermal activity.
Thanks to a very cooperative co-worker, we were able to through hike all the way to the southern entrance station, via Crumbaugh Lake, Cold Boiling, Lake, Conard Meadows, and Mill Creek Falls. That's a total of about 8 miles of great hiking and wonderful views. Click on these photos to see the whole hike log on Picasa. Crumbaugh Lake, below, was a stunning blue jewel when seen from the trail high on the ridge above it.
The flowers were out, the streams were gushing, and we were delighted.
Here's Mill Creek Falls...with two streams coming together to form the cascade
Oh yeah--since this was a day hike, dinner looked a little different from our usual backpacking fare!