Lassen Volcanic National Park Travel Guide

  • Lake Helen
    Lake Helen
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  • Bumpass Hell
    Bumpass Hell
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  • Lassen Peak valley
    Lassen Peak valley
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Lassen Volcanic National Park Things to Do

  • Loomis Museum

    Loomis Museum was started in 1927 and provides informative displays showing the geological and historical story of the area. The museum also serves as a visitors center, a gift shop and a bookstore. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM from Memorial Day through Halloween.

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  • Manzanita Lake

    Near the western entrance to the park is the trailhead for the Manzanita Lake Trail a 1.5 mile loop around Manzanita Lake. Manzanita Lake was formed about 350 years ago when an unstable edge of the lava dome called Chaos Crags collapsed and boulders blocked Manzanita Creek to form this pretty lake.

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  • Stops Along the Interpretive Trail

    The interpretive trail around the Reflecting Lake and Lily Pond tells the story of the recovery of this area after the 1915 eruptions. Unlike the Devastated Area, which emphasizes the geological aspects of the eruption, this trail emphasizes the botanical and zoological side of the recovery.

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  • Discovery Center

    This is the Discovery Center in the reflection lake area housed in one the old guest cabins. The center was closed when I visited; but appeared to be worth seeing.

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  • Hot Rock

    Along the main road is another "hot rock". This 300 ton rock was carried 5 miles by the avalanche started by the 19 May 1915 eruption.

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  • Crescent Crater

    Near Lassen Peak is the 8645 foot tall Crescent Crater. There is a nice view of Crescent Crater from the Devastated Area.

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  • Devastated Area

    Another of the most interesting attractions in the park is the Devastated Area. This is a part of the valley that was destroyed in the 19 May 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak. A 1/2 mile wide path of lava, melted snow and other debris roared down the mountain, over another ridge, and into Hat Creek Valley. Some of the highlights of the trail through...

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  • knigs Creek

    Kings Creek used to be called Hat Creek. It was important to the life of the Atsugewi Indians who inhabited this part of what is now Lassen Volcanic National Park. There is a nice roadside overlook here showing both Kings Creek and the Upper Meadow. This is also the trailhead for the Kings Creek Trails which splits into a horse trail (longer but...

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  • Terrace Lakes

    The three lakes along the Terrace Lakes Trail vary in size, depth and shoreline features. The first one you reach on the trail is the beautiful Terrace Lake; which is about .6 miles roundtrip. The trail between the lakes can get fairly steep then it levels out as you near the lakes

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  • Reading Peak

    There is a nice view of Reading Peak here also. If you hike the trail all the way to Cliff Lake (about 1.5 miles each way) you will be near the foot of the peak.

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  • Lassen Peak From Terrace Lakes Trail

    Lassen Peak formed some 27,000 years ago as a volcanic vent to the huge Brokeoff Volcano (also called Mount Tehana). It is one of the world's largest plug dome volcanoes rising 2000 feet above the surrounding terrain to an elevation of 10,457 feet. If want a nice photo of Lassen Peak; but you do not have the energy to climb it via the Lassen Peak...

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  • Sulfur Link

    The yellow pyramid-shaped crystals here are sulfur. This sulfur was formed when the lava rock was dissolved and altered by sulfuric acid. The sulfuric acid is linked to sulfur dioxide gas from the magma that fires Bumpass Hell. You will also notice the rotten egg smell characteristic of Hydrogen Sulfide Gas.

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  • Fool's Gold

    The black scum on the surface of this pool is Pyrite better known as "Fool's Gold". Iron leeches from rocks deep below and combines with sulfur to form the pyrite.

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  • Cold Boiling Lake

    A short distance from the main part of Bumpass Hell is the beautiful Cold Boiling Lake (which is still very hot).

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  • Big Boiler

    One of the more interesting features in Bumpass Hell is the Big Boiler. It is also one of the hottest features at a temperature of 310 degrees Fahrenheit and makes a sound like a busy airport runway.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Hotels

Lassen Volcanic National Park Restaurants

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    by Basaic Written Sep 22, 2012

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    There is limited food available at both the Manzanita Lake Campground Complex and the Lassen Cafe at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitors Center. I did not try these but I ate at a decent deli called Dill's Deli in Redding; had a very good meal at the Black Bear Diner in Susanville; and had a quick snack at the Shingle Shack Café in Shingletown.

    Dill's Deli in Redding Black Bear Diner in Susanville Shingle Shack Cafe in Shingletown Lassen Cafe
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Lassen Volcanic National Park Transportation

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    by mcpangie Updated Apr 18, 2005

    Lassen Volcanic National Park is less than 150 miles from Reno, Nevada. From Reno, take 395 north to Susanville, then head west on highway 44.

    Here's the view from a look out near the end of highway 44 coming out of Susanville, California, closing in on Old Station (which does have an advertised 24-hour gas station. The road you can see is actually highway 89, which hooks up to I-5 just south of Weed and Yreka, about 40 miles from the Oregon border.

    Lassen Peak is peak with higher elevation, and next to that on viewing right is Chaos Crags.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning Signs

    Warning signs are there to protect you, your pets, and to preserve the park for future visitors. Please obey them. Pay special attention in the Hydrothermal Areas.

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  • Volcanic Hot Spots

    Lassen's geological attractions are best viewed from the hiking trails and boardwalks. There is really nothing more to see by deviating from the designated hiking routes. And it's certainly not worth the great risk of suffering a grevious injury--especially if you're alone, and far from any help. So play it safe. ALWAYS stay on the trail. And make...

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  • Wildlife

    Please do NOT feed any animals in the park. It makes them dependent on people, and causes them to forget how to fend for themselves. Remember: There is no such thing as a free lunch.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park What to Pack

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    by mcpangie Updated May 26, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer: Comfortable hiking boots are recommended. There are places you can walk around with very uneven footing (in the landslide area).

    Winter: When there is a lot of snow, there are trails you can go skiing. A few miles outside the park, about an hour out of Susanville is a place for snowmachines to have fun as well.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: They have showers for campers, and flush toilets near Lake Manzanita. When fully operational in the summer there is a little store.

    Photo Equipment: You really need a camera. Those blues in the water are truly how beautiful it was the day I was there. There wasn't any distortion in the digital camera.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Lots of camping opportunities. Lots of people fishing wearing those inner tubes and chest waders.

    Miscellaneous: I saw a gas pump near the little store by Manzanita Lake. I guess it is for park vehicles, and they let the public who didn't come prepared buy from them as well. But in 2004, when everyone is talking about high gasoline costs, you would be well-advised to fill-up prior to driving through Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Summit Lake Loop Trail

    We hiked part of this trail to the Echo Lakes, it was a moderate hike with some hills, some steep. Some open views and the views of true small mountain lakes, with their clear water and undisturbed environment.

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  • 63 year old snow - Lassen in 1942

    Even though there was no snow at the Potato Patch sign, there was plenty further up on the trails. My parents visit to Lassen over 63 years ago was my incentive to visit this area in 2000. I was not disappointed.

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  • Lassen National Forest - Potato Patch 63...

    This is a picture of my father at Lassen in 1942, after he was drafted and sent to Chico Army Air Base in Chico, California.During one of his free days he and my mother took a trip to Lassen National Forest. In 1942 Lassen was not a National Park. In fact it was still recovering from the eruption of the Volcano about 28 years earlier. It would be...

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Ridges Lakes Trail

    The last trail I will review is the Ridges Lakes Trail, which follows a creek toward the foot of 9087 foot Mount Diller. This moderate difficulty trail also offers lots of beautiful views. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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  • Bumpass Hell Trail

    The Bumpass Hell Trail leads to one of the most interesting parts of the park. It is a 3 mile roundtrip trail with a 300 foot elevation gain over rocky terrain. The moderate trail has beautiful views along the way. Make sure you stay on the boardwalk once inside Bumpass Hell for your own protection. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat,...

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  • Lassen Peak Trail

    The Lassen Peak Trail is a 5 mile trail that has a 1957 foot elevation gain as it switchbacks up to the top of Lassen Peak. This is a Very Strenuous Trail. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Favorites

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Lassen Peak is one of many active and dormant volcanoes located around the rim of the Pacific Ocean in an area called the "Ring of Fire". Lassen Peak formed around 27,000 years ago as a volcanic vent on the northern side of a much older, much larger volcano called Brokeoff Volcano. The last eruption of Lassen Peak started in 1914 and caused...

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  • Hydrothermal Areas

    This is a site to see, especially if you have never seen boiling mud and steam vents. The walkways bring you right down on top of the vents. This allows for some great photo ops, with unspoiled backgrounds. You smell the sulfur as you make the approach but quickly forget that its there as you get adjusted to it. We had went to Lassen in June, at...

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  • Not another soul in sight

    I would say my favorite thing about our visit to this park was that we were practically the only people there on July 22nd. This park is billed as one of the least visited National Parks in the United States and that is correct! It has wonderful views of the terminus of the Cascade Mountains. You can have a snowball fight on a hot July Day just a...

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Outstanding 1909 Buick
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1908 Buick model 10
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1908 Ford T
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