I had never heard of this place until this summer, two friends of ours happened to mention that it was one of their favorite parks to visit and a bit of a hidden gem. Boy were they right - thanks Dan and Adriane! Lassen is located in Northern California, and is the only place where all four types of volcanoes found in the entire world are represented - pretty cool! In case you were wondering the volcano types are: Shield, Plug Dome, Cinder Cone and Composite. As always, when we arrived, we made our bucket list and planned some pretty strenuous hikes. One of the reasons this park is probably not as popular as some others is because most of the “attractions” are only accessible by hiking, which doesn’t suit everyone of course. Cinder Cone was high on our list but from the campground it would have been around an 18 mile hike..no thank you! We drove to a different park entrance and the hike was only a few miles. Once we reached the bottom of the volcano it was about ¾ mile to the top, not too bad, right?! Wrong! My legs have never felt so depleted from taking one step forward and sliding through the volcanic ash half a step back - it's a bit like walking on sand dunes! It was totally worth it at the top, not only were the views amazing but you could also hike down into the volcano! We had some fun walking around the top and making the descend into the volcano. I challenged David to run back to the top but he wasn’t playing so he got to carry my backpack while I did a little HIIT session!