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Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Home to Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world, Lassen Volcanic National Park features mountain lakes, stunning meadows, fumaroles, and a number of volcanoes. A vast network of hydrothermally-heated water features and knifing peaks are a reminder of the volatile history of this park. Explore the many trails of the park throughout the year to experience the impressive landscapes and dramatic changes between seasons.

To learn more about Lassen Volcanic National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, April 1 through October 30. From October 31 through March 31, the center is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday (closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day).

Due to rapid weather changes with strong winds and heavy snow, the visitor center may close at any time, prohibiting access to the southwest area. For more information on closures and current conditions, click here.

Visiting Tips

Lassen Volcanic National Park is open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, weather permitting. Due to an increase in inclement weather in the winter months, road access can be limited. Current conditions and additional information on trails, roads, and weather can be found on the park's website.

Fees and Passes:
To learn more about park fees and passes, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
There are eight campgrounds in the park with over 450 sites with a variety of amenities. Four of the eight campgrounds are on a first come, first served basis while the rest of the campsites must be reserved through recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Additional information about the campgrounds can be found at the park's website.

  • Butte Lake: Sites in Loop B are reservable. Open June 10 to October 25.
  • Juniper Lake: Sites filled on a first come, first served basis. Open July 1 to October 11.
  • Manzanita Lake: Loops A and C are reservable; Loops B and D are first come, first served. Open May 27 until snow closure.
  • Summit Lake North: Loops B , C and D are reservable; Loops A and E are first come, first served. Open July 1 to September 13.
  • Summit Lake South:Loops B , C and D are reservable; Loops A and E are first come, first served. Open July 1 to September 27.
  • Southwest Walk-in: Sites filled on a first come, first served basis. Open year round.
  • Warner Valley: Sites filled on a first come, first served basis. Open June 3 to October 11.
  • Volcano Adventure Camp (previously Crags Campground): Youth camping facility - closed to the public. Open August 7 to October 11.

Lodging
The Drakesbad Guest Ranch in Warner Valley is the only lodging option located in the park. The ranch is typically open June 3 to October 11, weather permitting. Reservations can be made online. Additional lodging is available in the nearby towns of Burney, Chester, Lake Almanor, Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding.

Food & Drink

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a few venues for dining and buying food. Lassen Cafe & Gift, located at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, offers both sit-down meals and ready-to-go options. The Manzanita Lake Camper Store offers ready-to-go meals and basic grocery options for picnics and camping. The Drakesbad Guest Ranch offers a full-service dinner in addition to buffet-style breakfast and lunch.

Other Activities

Those looking for other ways to explore Lassen Volcanic National Park will not be disappointed by the variety that the park offers seasonally. Fishing, horseback riding, boating, and stargazing are among the many activities that the park affords in the summer. Winter camping, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are some of the activities offered in the winter. For an extensive list of activities and when they are offered, visit the park's website. Also, be sure to check out the great opportunities for rock climbing in the park.

Gems in Lassen Volcanic National Park - 9

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gem Favorite Lassen Peak.

Lassen Peak

(2) Shingle…, CA
gem Favorite Crystal Lines by Darren Marshall

Crystal Lake

(2) Chester, CA
gem Favorite Lassen Peak across the Cinder Cone crater

Cinder Cone

(2) Chester, CA
gem Favorite Lassen Peak across Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

(1) Shingle…, CA
gem Favorite Lassen Peak from Lake Helen.

Lake Helen

(1) Shingle…, CA
gem Favorite A steam vent at the Sulphur Works.

Sulphur Works

(2) Shingle…, CA
gem Favorite Looking up from the base of Kings Creek Falls.

Kings Creek Falls

(2) Chester, CA
gem Favorite Mill Creek Falls from an observation platform in the early spring.

Mill Creek Falls

(1) Shingle…, CA
gem Favorite Kings Creek cascades down steeply and swiftly as Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail climbs the stairs next to the creek. Beautiful mountain views into the distance to the east here.

Kings Creek Cascades

(2) Chester, CA

Recommended Routes in Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2

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Favorite Mount Lassen from the trail junction
Intermediate

Lassen Lakes Loop

11.8 mi 19.0 km 1,424' Up 434.05 m Up 1,434' Down 437.09 m Down

Chester, CA
Favorite Kings Creek cascades down steeply and swiftly as Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail climbs the stairs next to the creek. Beautiful mountain views into the distance to the east here.
Intermediate

Kings Creek Falls Out and Back

2.5 mi 4.1 km 460' Up 140.33 m Up 467' Down 142.49 m Down

Chester, CA

Lassen Volcanic National Park Running

  • 308 Miles 496 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 9 Gems Gems
  • 26 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 36 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 3 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park - 63

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2.5 mi 4.1 km #1Lassen Peak Trail
Difficult
Shingletown, CA
Difficult
Shingletown, CA 46 
3.7 mi 5.9 km #2Brokeoff Mountain Trail
Difficult
Chester, CA
Difficult
Chester, CA 13 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #3Cinder Cone Trail
Difficult
Chester, CA
Difficult
Chester, CA 13 
3.2 mi 5.2 km #4Bumpass Hell Trail
Intermediate
Shingletown, CA
Intermediate
Shingletown, CA 17 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #5Boiling Springs Lake Trail
Intermediate
Chester, CA
Intermediate
Chester, CA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #6Crystal Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Chester, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Chester, CA
0.3 mi 0.6 km #7Cinder Cone Trail N. Access
Difficult
Chester, CA
Difficult
Chester, CA
4.2 mi 6.8 km #8Kings Creek Trail
Intermediate
Chester, CA
Intermediate
Chester, CA 12 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #9Chaos Crags Trail
Intermediate
Shingletown, CA
Intermediate
Shingletown, CA
1.9 mi 3.1 km #10Devil's Kitchen Trail
Intermediate
Chester, CA
Intermediate
Chester, CA

Photos of Lassen Volcanic National Park - 296

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Sunrise over Warner Valley from Sifford Lake.
Jul 6, 2020 near Chester, CA
Lassen Peak from Upper Sifford Lakes.
Jul 6, 2020 near Chester, CA
Bumpass Hell
Sep 27, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
Ridge Lake! Water was crisp (drank a gulp on accident).
Jan 21, 2018 near Shingle…, CA
Crystal Lines by Darren Marshall
Mar 14, 2018 near Chester, CA
Kings Creek cascades down steeply and swiftly as Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail climbs the stairs next to the creek. Beautiful mountain views into the distance to the east here.
Jul 3, 2020 near Chester, CA
Lassen Peak across Manzanita Lake
Jun 27, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
Lassen Peak behind Painted Dunes
Jun 27, 2020 near Chester, CA