Lassen Volcanic National Park is open year-round, however, access is difficult in winter and spring. The best time of the year to visit the park for hiking and car touring is August and September. The best time of the year to visit for cross country skiing and snowshoeing is January, February and March. The highest visitation is in August, with the lowest being in March.
The Lassen Park Road (the main road that connects Highway 89) runs 29 miles south-north through the park, and is usually open early June through mid October, weather dependent. There are three access roads into other areas of the park: Butte Lake Road (six miles -- gravel), Juniper Lake Road (13 miles -- gravel), and the Warner Valley Road (14 miles of paved road, then three miles of gravel). The Warner Valley and Butte Lake roads are usually open June through late October. The Juniper Lake road is usually open early July to late October.
Besides traveling the auto tour to access trails, lakes, and volcanic and geological features there are flora and fauna to see.
Some activities to help you enjoy Lassen Volcanic National Park may include but are not limited to: backcountry hiking, boating (non-motorized), camping, hiking, fishing, photography, ranger activities, skiing, stargazing, thermal exploring and wildlife watching.
Naturalist programs are offered late June to Labor Day. Snowshoe programs are offered to the public on Saturdays, usually mid January to early April. Check the Calendar Page for many hikes, talks and activities to do to help you enjoy visiting the park.
Here are a few activities offered
Chaos Crags Hike; meet at Manzanita Lake Amphitheater, 700 foot climb to the base of Chaos Crags. Includes beautiful views of Chaos Crags and explores the Chaos Jumbles rock avalanche of 300 years ago.
Mud flows, Hot Rocks & Pyroclasts; meet at Hot Rock, Road Marker No. 48, explore the geological evidence that transformed the Hot Rock area during Lassen Peaks eruption.
Sulphur Works; meet at Sulphur Works, Road Marker No. 5, explore a geothermal area that was considered the main vent for an extinct volcano in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Tree Walk; meet outside Loomis Museum, easy hike through wetlands, meadows, forests, and the Chaos Jumbles. Learn about the many trees in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Hike on the Lily Pond Nature Trail.
Lassen Volcanic National Park contains 150 miles of hiking trails, including 17 miles of Pacific Crest Trails. Trails vary in length and difficulty, winding through coniferous forest, alpine tundra and along water ways. Click on the Hiking Page for hikes to take.
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