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Mountaineering and Backpacking at Lassen
in Northern California

Brokeoff Mountain in LassenLocated in Northern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a wide variety of activities and sights unique to the United States. During the summer and fall, backpacking and camping are the activities of choice, and miles of uncrowded backpacking trails take the hiker to many beautiful places. The National Park attracts an average of only 370,000 annual visitors, compared to 3.5 million in Yosemite. This lends itself to a more pristine experience and also limits the impact to this unique national park. Lassen is one of only two active volcanoes in the continental United States and the evidence of this fact is clearly visible. Fumaroles, mud pots and steam vents can be found in many areas, and fascinating geologic formations give an interesting flavor to your day activities. Lassen also boasts old growth forests, creeks, and alpine lakes. Lasson is a perfect summer playground!

In the winter and spring, Lassen transforms into a winter wonderland for outdoor activities. The park's good winter access and variety of terrain make it the perfect place to learn the art of mountain climbing and winter backcountry travel. Whether you want to ski, snowboard, or snowshoe there is good terrain for everyone. In the Spring and early Summer, the consolidated morning snow makes for great mountain climbing and requires crampons and an ice axe. At 10,457 feet in elevation, a summit climb of Lassen Peak is the perfect introduction to snow climbing and mountaineering and a great stepping stone to those who aspire to climb other peaks such as Mount Shasta.

For those interested in learning how to climb some of California's mountain peaks, Lassen is a great choice. Outback Adventures has experienced mountain guides and offer mountaineering classes at Lassen in late the Winter and throughout the Spring. Outback Adventures also offers guided backpacking trips to Lassen Volcanic National Park in the summer.

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