• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

Reach the Peak Project

Reach the Peak Project includes:
Reach the Peak video
Current Lassen Peak Trail Status
Reach the Peak Project Bulletin: 2014 (pdf, 665KB), 2013 (pdf, 357KB) 2012 (pdf, 799 KB) | 2011 (pdf, 789 KB)
 

Reach the Peak
The Reach the Peak project is a multi-year effort to restore and rehabilitate the Lassen Peak Trail. Goals for the project include restoring many features that were a part of the original trail construction from 1929 – 1932. These features include a four foot width to the upper trail, a trail to the true summit, turnout areas for groups and resting hikers, and the placement of a summit register. The Reach the Peak project will take steps to improve the visitor experience including development of new interpretive materials, creating a route navigating the summit crater, installing an evaporator toilet, and removal of the park's radio repeater. Lassen Volcanic National Park, with the help of its partners, is determined to preserve this historic experience for the enjoyment of future generations. Together we can "reach the peak."

 
RTP project map
Reach the Peak Project Map
 
A trail crew member prepares to place a stone on a steep switchback

2014 Final Year of Trail Restoration
Trail crew members are looking forward to the final year of the Lassen Peak Trail rehabilitation process. Final efforts for 2014 include:

  • Complete the remaining of the 10% of the middle portion of the trail.
  • Construct three large retaining walls below the Grandview area.
  • Construct retaining walls on 10 switchback corners on the upper section of the trail. The walls will help to define switchbacks and prevent trail cutting.
  • Construct approximately 20 steps on the steepest switchbacks of the upper trail.
  • Remove excess quarry rock from the stockpile placed by helicopter in 2010.
 
Hikers read an interpretive panel on the Lassen Peak Trail

Waysides feature Lassen Peak wildlife

NPS Photo

2013 Accomplishments
With a large portion of reinforcement work complete on the middle section, trail crews can safely begin work on the larger segments of the trail above and below this area. In 2013, efforts will be focused on:

  • Completing a small portion of the middle section of the trail above the Grandview area
  • Rehabilitating the first 1.2 miles of the trail
  • Beginning work to widen the final ascent portion of the trail
  • Removing the summit repeater
  • Beginning layout of a new crater loop trail
  • Installing five new wayside exhibits which interpret wildlife and the geological landscape at the summit area.
 
A trail worker guides a boulder on a pulley system

A trail worker guides a boulder transported with a pulley system

NPS Photo

2012 Accomplishments

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.

 
Stone work on the Lassen Peak trail

Trail crews built 75 rock retaining walls in 2011

2011 Accomplishments
In the project's second year, Lassen Volcanic National Park trail crew and the California Conservation Corps began laboriously strengthening the backbone of the Lassen Peak trail. Overcoming hazardous work areas and exposure to severe weather, the Reach the Peak trail crew cut and placed nearly 5,000 cubic feet of stone on 75 rock retaining walls and landing sites. These carefully constructed retaining walls will reduce erosion on Lassen Peak's numerous switchbacks and provide a solid foundation for the higher, steeper sections of trail.

 
Park trail crew move prepare stone from a nearby quarry

The largest helicopter operation in the park strategically placed 2.4 million pounds of stone along the Lassen Peak trail

NPS Photo

2010 Accomplishments

  • Preparation of the trail to accommodate material placement and transportation
  • The quarrying, washing, and transporting of 2.4 million pounds of stone to the Lassen Peak Parking Area
  • Completion of the largest helicopter flight operation in park history to strategically place stone building materials along the trail
  • Restoration of the largest step section of the trail and the construction of 5 highly technical walls amounting to approximately 1,000 cubic feet of stone

Click here to see photos from the 2010 Reach the Peak work season...

 

Interested in Donating?
Visit the Lassen Park Foundation's website at: www.lassenparkfoundation.org or contact the foundation directly at:

The Lassen Park Foundation
Reach the Peak Fund
P.O. Box 3155 Chico, CA 95927
or (530)-898-9309

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