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Spring hiking in Lassen National Forest


 

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Geothermal pools in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Explore the area around Lassen National Park and Lassen National Forest where skies are blue, trails uncrowded, and towns are small and friendly. Lassen Peak and the geothermal activity of this mostly dormant volcano is the big attraction within the National Park but the surrounding forests, rivers, lakes and meadows offer plenty of other vacation options.
 
 
Some of the highlights of this destination include:

Attractions: Lassen Peak, Bumpass Hell,

Towns: Susanville, Graeagle

Lakes and Rivers: Lake Almanor, Eagle Lake, Bucks Lake, Feather River

National Forests: Lassen National Forest, Plumas National Forest

National Parks: Lassen Volcanic National Park

State Parks: Plumas-Eureka State Park

Lassen Area Scenic Drives

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Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Starting from Highway 99 near Chico, take Highway 70 to pass by Lake Oroville and enter Plumas National Forest. The road follows the Feather River Canyon, an especially colorful route in the fall.
 
 
SIDETRIP: Take a right on 89 to head southeast towards Quincy (very quaint), Portola (a turn onto 70) and Graeagle (resorts and golfing) - a lovely drive with many options for both summer and winter outdoor activities.  

Highway 70 turns into Highway 89 at the Quincy turnoff so for our main route, continue north and to the west to the south shore of Lake Almanor. Follow 89 to Lassen Volcanic National Park where the main road provides access to some of the park’s best sites.   A detailed map and description of the park is included in our National Parks section.

Leaving the park, continue on 89, making a right turn on 44 towards Susanville, turning southwest on 36. Hikers will want to investigate the Bizz Johnson Trail for wildlife viewing. 36 passes by the northern shore of Lake Almanor, returning to 99 and I-5 at Red Bluff.

SIDETRIP: If you are heading north, continue on 89 past Hat Creek – the route is wonderfully scenic all the way to Mt. Shasta where it rejoins I-5.

   


 
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Snow-capped peaks in Lassen Volcanic National Park

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