Zac and I camped near Warner Valley last week for a couple nights for work. Luckily, we were able to hit up Lassen National Park in the afternoon...and this time it was open! Perfect weather, too.
We hiked up to Lassen Peak (a little more than 10,000 feet). Good stuff. Unfortunately, no pikas were sighted which I was a little bummed about but it was still a fun time. There were two Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels (Norm's cousins) at the peak. I watched them dig up some of their food caches- peanuts, almonds and a freaking red M&M. Yup. I'm hoping no one actually fed that to the them, that it was dropped out of some trail mix and they gathered it up and cached it. But, I can't lie...this little guy does look pretty damn cute.
(above: the melting snow and ice made for some weird textures!)
Anyway, still a lot of snow on the trail as you can see. There was one particular spot that was a pretty insane drop-off that was mildly nerve-wracking to walk on. See the drop below, but that hardly does it justice.
The rocks below - prime Pika habitat but we didn't spot 'em. We were also there in the middle of the day, so they were likely hunkering down. Below that is the King of Lassen Peak.
I found a few areas that had some succulents like the one below. Didn't see many, but I always enjoy them.
There seemed to be a good number of people at the park, but luckily most of them turned out to be kinda lazy tourists, so the trail wasn't as crowded as I thought it might have been. I really can't stand crowded trails, so this was comforting. Zac loves hiking uphill, can't you tell!? My World