June 29, 2011

My son and friends headed out June 26 Burney Falls toward Old Station – trail was clear and temps were warm and sunny. June 27 trail clear to 9 miles south of Old Station.

June 28 started 9 miles south of Old Station toward Lassen with goal to reach Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Patchy snow increasing to hard pack and rain. Solid snow pack in higher elevations. Hiked all day in the snow and rain. DANGER: Kings creek was almost impassable with ropes and harnesses. They were completely swept under water and were happy to make it to Drakesbad Guest Ranch to dry out and re-supply. Met with another hiker heading north from HWY 80 who said the trail ahead had only about 10 of the 140 miles without snow.