|Panoramic forest view|
After climbing Lassen Peak, I made a few additional stops on the road back to Manzanita Lake. One was to check out Kings Creek Falls. Although I'd heard reports of a lovely cascade, by the time I reached the falls, late afternoon backlight created poor photographic conditions. So I took photos of the grand forest panorama instead.
And meandering Kings Creek was quite lovely too.
I also drove by a roadside mud pot called Sulphur Works. Sulfurous clay was mined here in the late 1800s, but now this active hydrothermal area has been presevered within the park boundaries.
|Don't be like Mr. Bumpass|
This warning signs made me chuckle. The small stick figure in the lower sign reminded me of poor old Mr. Bumpass. (If you missed that post, read about it here)
|Bubbling mud pot|
A mudpot right at pavement's edge was bubbling furiously. I didn't get very close!
Sulfurous minerals leaching out of the soil over time have created some striking colors. Kind of makes up for the barren landscape.
|Fall colors just getting started|
Lassen Peak's NE side was the portion of the mountain that collapsed during the May 1915 eruptions. The initial lava dome collapse and subsequent ash clouds and release of hot gases sent a high speed flow of gases and lava down Lassen's slope, devastating everything in its path. Not only the lava, but high temperatures instantly melted mountain snow, creating massive mudflows. This NE side is referred to as the "Devastated Area" and some remnants of the great eruption are still visible today.
Huge car-sized boulders can still be found perched between the regrown Ponderosa and Lodgepole pines, hurled miles by the force of the blast and mudflow.
|Car sized rock from 1915 eruption|
Although this entire NE side was laid bare in 1915, you wouldn't know it today. Tall aspens, Ponderosa and Lodgepole pine forests cover most of the former devastated area.
Gazing across Lassen's broad expanse, I wondered to myself if this is what Mt. St. Helens will look like on the 100-year anniversary of its eruption.
Nearby golden marshy meadows produced some great fall colors, and a surprise Lassen Peak reflection.
On Manzanita Lake's northern shore lies the Loomis Museum, home to historic photographs and other National Park information. It's unique rock building makes a great photo subject.
|B.F. Loomis famous photograph (scanned postcard)|
The museum got its name from photographer B. F. Loomis, who captured several photographs of Lassen's many eruptions. His most famous photographs were of the largest blasts, occurring in May 1915. A series of five images, depicting the various stages of the explosion, are prominently displayed in the Loomis Museum. Extremely impressive, considering the primitive camera equipment of the time.
|Reflection Lake shoreline|
Across the road from Loomis Museum was a nature path. It passed by Reflection Lake's shoreline, noting the different varieties of pine trees. Although I'm usually not one to explore developed nature trails, this one was well done.
I passed by a very large lily pond. Not only was it's surface covered with an impressive amount of water lilies, it's blue waters reflected the nearby forest quite nicely.
Some of the local pine tree species produced extremely large cones. They were are big as my size 9 feet! (Sorry, I can't remember which variety of pine tree produced these)
|It's called Reflection Lake for a reason|
Since my nature hike had only briefly passed by Reflection Lake, upon completion of the trail, I headed back for a better view.
|Lovely Lassen reflection|
Boy, was I glad I did! I thought the prior day's mountain reflections from Manzanita Lake were good. Well...let me just say they call it Reflection Lake for a reason. The mountain images reproduced in it's still, blue waters were nothing short of marvelous.
|Almost like a painting!|
A good way to end my time at Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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