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On the evening of July 21st my roommate Justin and I set out for Lassen Volcanic National Park. Hoping to find some good snow we camped out the first night and made our way over to the peak on the morning of the 22nd. Shortly after we began hiking up the peak trail we were swarmed by tens of thousands of California tortoise-shell butterflies. We spent the rest of the hike admiring the scenery and the mass amounts of butterflies. One of the park rangers told us that the butterflies had migrated to the area in order to pollinate some of the flowers growing on the volcano. The entire experience was surreal. We eventually scrambled over to the Northeast face of the peak and skied down through an endless cloud of butterflies. We finished the day with a few more miles of hiking before setting up camp again for the night just under the peak.
Skier: Brian Gillis & Justin Biela
Location: Lassen Peak - Lassen Volcanic National Park