Lassen Volcanic National Park
After the Redwoods my next stop was Redding, close to the Lassen Volcanic national park. I arrived late but was glad to see there was a barbecue restaurant not far away. I also went to see the Sundial Bridge, a glass bridge suspended from a single arm which was magnificent lit up at night. A nice end to a long day.
I headed to the park early, Lassen Peak is the most known hike in the park but was closed for maintenance. Therefore my goal to hike Brokeoff Mountain, which I hear is the most strenuous hike in the park but with the biggest rewards. The hike was not too tough but the views were not a letdown by any means. I also overtook quiet a few groups on the way up and enjoyed speaking to other hikers. The parks website said this was a full day, 7 hour hike. I managed to get up and down with a half hour lunch break on top in 3.5!
Being back at the car early I decided to head to Bumpass Hell which is a short hike to a geothermal hotspot, where steam and boiling water flows all around. I also found out that a volcano here erupted as recently as 1914 which had a huge affect on the area. Not wanting to stop I hiked on to Cold Boiling Lake which is a cold water lake that bubbles as gasses escape from below. I was pretty beat as I returned to the car, having walked 13.8 miles of hills.