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Outdoor Trips Blog


Backpacking Trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park

by: Sherpa Marie B ('16)

A group of 10 -- eight students and two faculty -- set off on September 26 to explore, backpack and camp in the beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park for a total of four days and three nights.

Day 1: We left The Urban School of San Francisco at approximately 2 p.m. after loading our gear into the vans. After a quick stop for pizza along the 4-hour drive, we arrived at a car camping campsite just within the park after dark, set up camp, and went to bed.

Day 2: The first night was the coldest and a few students woke up with ice on their bag but we learned tricks to keeping warm at night. Breakfast crew sautéed apples in butter and cinnamon to go in our tortillas with a layer of cream cheese—so delicious! Then, after going through our gear and determining what should be left behind because of extra, unneeded weight, we divided up the group gear, drove to the trailhead and set out on our hike. 

Four miles later, we arrived at the Twin Lakes after stopping halfway for lunch, and began our search for a campsite. Eventually, we found a flat location with enough space for multiple tents and a kitchen area all 200 feet away from the lake. After setting up, dinner crew prepared burritos for all and then we had Oreo pudding cake.

 “I really loved all the ridiculous stories we told during dinner,” Corey S ('16).

 Day 3: With a day to spare, we hiked up to the top of the Cinder Cone, four miles both ways. The wind was howling as we neared the top, blowing people all over the place—quite humorous.


“My favorite part was hiking the Cinder Cone,” Lily D ('16).

That night, we prepared pesto pasta with sautéed onions and peppers and shared more laughs over dinner.


“I enjoyed being able to bond with people that maybe I normally wouldn't get the chance to,”  Sam J ('16).

 Day 4: We packed up and hiked out after we enjoyed delicious pancakes. The four-mile return trip was at a faster pace due to the experience we had all gained (we’re sort of all professionals now). And we returned just in time to make it out of the rain!



Posted by on Monday October, 21, 2013 at 03:31PM


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