After a great breakfast, we headed back to the trail. The pocketmail was fried so I called & ordered another one. We hiked for a few miles to the Subway Cave, an old lava taube, & walked through it. Filling up our water we headed up the rim. It was a hot day, so at the top we sprawled out under the last of the trees & slept the afternoon away.
At about 4pm, we headed out. The trees vanished & we were walking along the edge which dropped off sharply down to the Hat Creek Basin. The hike was warm, but beautiful with views of Lassen to the south & our first glimpse of Mt. Shasta to the north. About dark we made it to the trees again & a huge water cache. We stopped to eat dinner then hiked on by headlamp. The night air was much cooler & the moonlight made it easy. At almost 1am, we just threw our bags out & crashed. We’ll finish up the rim first thing in the morning.