View looking almost due south towards Lake Helen, named for
Helen Tanner Brodt, the first woman known to have to climbed
If you'd been here hundreds of thousands of years ago, before the
Lassen volcano first arose, the view in this direction would
have been quite different. You would have been looking up
at the much larger Mount Tehama volcano -- of which Lassen was
originally "just" a side vent.
Where'd it go? Well, a few collapses and glaciers later, only
its outline remains, in the form of a huge ring of smaller peaks
behind and to the right of Lake Helen. Wow.