Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lassen Volcanic National Park

I ascended from the Lassen Peak parking lot to the volcanic crater rim during the early morning of July 29th.  At 2 am, the view from the top mainly consisted of distant city lights emanating from Redding, CA. I took some marginally interesting star photography while awaiting for sunrise.  By 5 am, the mountain and surrounding scenery were becoming illuminated in dawn light, and by 6 am, warm reddish-pink sunlight bathed the region in smokey hues.  I obtained some decent photography during the morning golden hour, the best of which you can view here.  Regarding the hike, it took me 2 hours to gradually ascend to the crater rim.  The trail is very well maintained, and there were only a few semi-sketchy snow sections that probably would have yielded nothing more than a long slide down the mountain.  Lassen Peak is a definite must-do for those seeking an adventurous hike in northern California.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Castle Crags State Park and Humboldt County Highpoint

- Castle Crags State Park -

Summer heat has melted off the winter snows across most of the northern California mountains; which means I need to get out and hike.  I did just that during the past month, starting with Castle Crags State Park, which is located about an hour north of Redding, CA.  There are two options for starting this hike; the shorter of the two options starts at the Vista Point parking area, the second starts near the park entrance, and connects up with the Vista Point trail via the Crags Trail.  I went with the longer option number two, and doubled my challenge by hauling all my camera gear plus tripod to the end of the trail.  The hike wasn't too long or too steep, but unwisely, I didn't bring enough water, and the dry California heat was debilitating during the last couple of miles back to my car.  Nevertheless, the scenery is spectacular after exiting the valley forests.  The views of Mount Shasta were impressive, and I got my monies worth of sheer granite craginess at the end of the trail.


- Salmon Mountain, Humboldt County Highpoint -

During mid July, I hiked Salmon Mountain with a coworker and his wife.  Salmon Mountain, at an elevation above 6000 feet, is the highest point in Humboldt County California.  This was another hike that generally ascended gradually up the mountain.  The steepest portion of the route was encountered during the last half mile, when we picked a spot to go off trail and find a brush-free route to the summit.  The views at the top did not disappoint...in fact, we could even see Mount Shasta off in the distant northeast horizon.  This is a great hike that is somewhat off the beaten path, but definitely worth the effort to experience.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

More Landscape Photography



The Alaska Range.
Eastern Wyoming sunset.
Humboldt County lagoons beach land.
Pistol River Beach, Oregon.
Pistol River Beach, Oregon.
Whaleshead Beach, Oregon.
Whaleshead Beach, Oregon.
Whaleshead Beach, Oregon.
Humboldt County Redwoods.
Humboldt County Redwoods.
Gerlach, Nevada.
Castle Crags State Park.