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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 - 10

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gem Favorite Lassen Peak across the Cinder Cone crater

Cinder Cone

(5) Chester, CA
gem Favorite Lassen Peak.

Lassen Peak

(4) Shingle…, CA
gem Favorite Lassen Peak across Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

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

Crystal Lake

(2) Chester, CA
gem Favorite Evening light on Lassen Peak over Lake Helen.

Lake Helen

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

Sulphur Works

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

Kings Creek Falls

(3) Chester, CA
gem Favorite Looking southeast from the top of Prospect Peak, one can look into Cinder Cone below (center lower left). On the horizon are Red Cinder and Red CInder Cone (right center). Snag Lake (right) with Mt Hoffman nearby, behind it, are also seen.

Prospect Peak

(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

(3) Chester, CA

Recommended Routes in Lassen Volcanic National Park - 2

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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/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

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
Explore in 3D
Favorite Mount Lassen from the trail junction
Intermediate 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
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Lassen Volcanic National Park Running

  • 297 Miles 478 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 10 Gems Gems
  • 27 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 46 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 13 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park - 84

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2.5 mi 4.1 km #1Lassen Peak Trail
Difficult Difficult
Shingletown, CA
Difficult Difficult
Shingletown, CA 56 
3.2 mi 5.2 km #2Bumpass Hell Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Shingletown, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Shingletown, CA 23 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #3Cinder Cone Trail
Difficult Difficult
Chester, CA
Difficult Difficult
Chester, CA 17 
3.7 mi 5.9 km #4Brokeoff Mountain Trail
Difficult Difficult
Chester, CA
Difficult Difficult
Chester, CA 15 
0.4 mi 0.7 km #5Crystal Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Chester, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Chester, CA
3.6 mi 5.8 km #6Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Chester, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Chester, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #7Boiling Springs Lake Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Chester, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Chester, CA
1.9 mi 3.1 km #8Manzanita Lake Loop
Easy Easy
Shingletown, CA
Easy Easy
Shingletown, CA 17 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #9Kings Creek Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Chester, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Chester, CA 12 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #10Chaos Crags Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Shingletown, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Shingletown, CA

Photos of Lassen Volcanic National Park - 349

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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 from Upper Sifford Lakes.
Jul 6, 2020 near Chester, CA
Sunrise over Warner Valley from Sifford Lake.
Jul 6, 2020 near Chester, CA
A hiker looking towards Brokeoff Mountain across the valley.
Nov 17, 2021 near Shingle…, CA
Steam rising over the boardwalk through Bumpass Hell.
Nov 17, 2021 near Shingle…, CA

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