MODERATE DAY HIKE
5.0 miles 2,000' elevation gain
Lassen Peak can be seen from many of the other hikes. It is the third highest mountain in Northern California, north of the Tahoe region.
The trail is moderately steep, and may have dangerous snow patches. A hiker was killed by falling rocks in 2009.
There is little shade or shelter, and the elevation often causes altitude sickness (solution: descend, descend). Sunglasses strongly recommended, as well as sunscreen and/or long clothes for light-skinned people. Check the weather forecast for likelihood of thunderstorms.
That being said, Lassen Peak is one of the least difficult major peaks. It is the highest peak in the Cascade Range with a trail up it. There are usually plenty of other hikers in case the need for help should arise.
And the views are sublime.
This hike is in Lassen National Park; owned by the public, managed by Lassen National Park. No backpacking.
Maps (Aug 2017 edition)