Lassen Volcanic National Park Travel Guide
Lassen Peak valley
Brokeoff Mountain Trail the day after...
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Rarely crowded, good weather in summer, beautiful scenery, good access to volcanic activity
Closed part of the year because of snow
In a nutshell
A great place to day-trip.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
This is a mudpot, a hydrothermal feature between a boiling spring and a fumarole. A mudpot has less water than a boiling spring and more than a fumarole. In wetter times a mudpot can become a boiling spring as the mud thins out and in drier periods they can become a...
Manzanita Lake Campground
2 Reviews and 12 Opinions There are eight camping areas inside Lassen Volcanic National Park. Starting from the Southern...
Various: Food Options In and Near Lassen
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.
Written Sep 22, 2012
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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,...
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...
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...
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...
Terrace Lakes Trail
The trail to the Terrace Lakes (Terrace Lake, Shadow Lake, and Cliff Lakes) is 3.5 miles roundtrip with a 550 foot gain in elevation. 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...
Kings Creek Trail
The hike to Kings Creek Falls is 3 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 700 feet. The trail traverses rocky terrain and small rock formations and is rated moderate. Great views along the way.
Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and...
Devastated Area Trail
The Devastated Area Trail is an easy, paved, .5 mile loop trail showing the results of the 1915 eruptions of Lassen Peak. This trail is wheel-chair accessible.
Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't...
Reflection Lake Trail
The Reflection Lake Trail is a .6 mile loop trail and the Lily Pond Trail is a 1 mile roundtrip trail. Reflection Lake is well named as the still surface reflects the surrounding trees like a mirror. The Lily Pond is full of water lilies that are quite pretty when the...
Manzanita Lake Trail
The Manzanita Lake Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail around Manzanita Lake. This is a relatively flat easy trail near the western entrance to the park.
Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your...
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...
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