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Lassen Peak shows some reforestation 90 years after the first volcanic eruptions


National Parks ·  Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers visitors a tangible lesson in the power of unseen forces within the Earth.  Mt. Lassen blew almost 100 years ago but the volcano and its surrounding meadows and forests are not entirely asleep.  Lesser-known Lassen is one national park to choose when Yosemite is too crowded.  Once a wasteland after the volcano’s hot lava and gases erupted, much of it is reforested.  See craters, lava dunes, thermal pools and other evidence of subterranean action.

Despite the wild past, it is quite safe to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park as more than 80 years have passed without an eruption.
For more local information, go to the Top Destinations section and select the Lassen Area pages.
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mineral, California 96063
Established August 9, 1916
106,000 acres. Open all year. Fee - $10/vehicle.
(530) 595-4444 www.nps.gov/lavo
HIGHLIGHTS: On May 22, 1914, Mt. Lassen erupted spectacularly, blowing ash and debris 7 miles high, and continuing sporadically for the next 7 years. Sulfur vents are still steaming. The surrounding landscape was forever altered by great lava pinacles, mountains created by lava flows, and newly formed craters, creating a unique ecosystem.

The Park Road leads to a 3-mile round-trip hike on the Bumpass Hell trail to the largest geothermal site in the park:16 acres of boiling mud, pyrite pools, steam vents, and odoriferous fumeroles. Nearby is Lake Helen and farther east, the road leads to Summit Lake, a pristine alpine lake. Two other lakes, Reflection and Manzanita, are just inside the park’s northwest entrance station. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through the center of the park. Few visitors make it up the 10,000’ peak – only the very prepared and experienced hikers.

ACTIVITIES: Hiking, backcountry camping (permit required), horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, and cross-country skiing.

WILDLIFE: Mule deer, raccoon, coyote, black bear, marmot, Douglas’ and flying squirrels, pika, blue grouse, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, wood duck, and treefrog. Many migrating waterfowl in summer.

PLANT LIFE: Snow plant, alpine shooting star, skyrocket gilia, Indian paintbrush, and lodgepole pine.

TRAVEL TIPS: No motorized boats are permitted in park waters. Around hot springs or steaming areas, stay on established trails. Ground crusts that appear stable may be dangerously thin.

DIRECTIONS: From I-5, exit east at Redding or Red Bluff to reach Lassen Volcanic National Park. Nearest airports: Redding, Chico.


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Family backpacking at Lassen Volcanic NP

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