Sunny but with lots of wind on the top of the Cinder Cone. You could look down into the cone to the very bottom. I passed up the opportunity to climb down which looked like it just had a pile of rocks at the base and then you would have to climb all the way back out that soft cinder sand. Very nice side hike.
After rejoining the PCT it was very flat and I made good time. Ran into the Drakesbad PCT hiker group but it was getting dark so I speeded up to make it to water before dark. Camped near Baboon and Spins and Snowhite and Mr. C. Lots of views of Lassen Peak as we entered the southern end of the Cascade Range - the chain of volcanoes we will follow north.
|Painted Dunes in forground, Fantastic Lava Beds in Background|
|Top Rim of Cinder Cone|
|Looking into the belly of the Cinder Cone|