Reach the Peak Project
Reach the Peak
2014 Final Year of Trail Restoration
Trail crew members cut and placed over 3,200 cubic feet of stone to build 28 rock retaining walls and 17 stone steps. These carefully constructed retaining walls provide support for switchbacks on the steep, rocky slopes of the middle portion of the trail. Approximately 300,000 pounds of rock was relocated using an improvised cable and pulley system. Large rocks placed above the work area by helicopter in 2010 were safely relocated while reducing impact on the trail by ground based transportation systems. Five new interpretive wayside exhibits were produced for installation in 2013. In conjunction with the existing geology waysides, these new exhibits introduce visitors to Lassen plants and animals, the peak's effect on them, and visitors' unique connection to these special resources.
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Did You Know?
The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.