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The views are awesome. 360 degrees of views as one circles around the top of Prospect Peak.

Lassen Peak, Chaos Crags, Cinder Cone, Snag Lake, Red Cinder and Red Cinder Cone, Mt. Harkness, Mt. Hoffman, flatlands to the west, Butte Lake, forested mountains to the northeast, AND (drumroll...) Mt. Shasta at 14,179 ft. over 70 miles away to the northwest.

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Prospect Peak is an ancient shield volcano, and so formed by flowing lava. The result is a gently sloped, broad, round mountain. Prospect Peak's summit is at 8,338 ft. which is about 2,200 ft. higher than its base.

All-Day Hike: The hike to Prospect Peak begins at Butte Lake Campground, at the south trailhead that also goes to Cinder Cone, a very popular hike. Follow this trail south for 0.4 miles to a trail junction pointing the way to East Propect Peak. Turn right/west here and begin hiking Prospect Peak Trail that takes one to Prospect Peak with all its awesome views. The total distance is 7-8 miles round trip.

This is a relatively strenuous hike, but the views are well worth it. Bring plenty of water and snacks to eat while admiring the views at the top, before heading down.

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Joan Pendleton

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