Lassen Volcanic National Park

Special Centennial Events 2016

Boiling springs, belching mudpots and hissing steam vents are among the wondrous sights awaiting visitors to beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park.  A national park since 1916, Lassen is a treasure trove of hydrothermal activity and geological wonders.

Lassen peak is at the southernmost end of the Cascade range, which extends from here to Canada. Lassen Park is at the crossroads of three unique biological areas; the Cascades, the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin.The western part of the park features lava pinnacles and volcanoes, while the eastern part features small cinder cones, forested with conifers and studded with small lakes created by lava flows..

Just a short 30-minute drive from the Chester and Lake Almanor area, the park is a great day trip. Observe the hydrothermal activity at Sulphur Works, or take one of the many hikes through some of the most pristine, untouched wilderness in the country.

In fall of 2008, the park added the new Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, located at the park's southwest entrance. The name means "snowy mountain" in the Native American language of the Mountain Maidu tribe and is their name for Lassen Peak.

Hiking trails take visitors through a hydrothermal area called Bumpass Hell, and through the Devastated Area which exhibits remarkable recovery since Lassen's last eruption in 1921. For a longer trek, visitors can climb to the top of Lassen Peak (elevation 10,475), on a five-mile, three to five-hour journey that climbs 2,000 feet.

The park also offers ranger-led talks and evening programs in summer. Special junior ranger programs are scheduled during the summer.

There is a fee of $20 per vehicle to enter Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park road (which connects with Highway 89 north and south of the park) covers 30 miles and it takes approximately an hour to drive. The best time to visit the park for car touring or hiking is July through September. The road may be closed from late October to mid-June due to snow, but there is parking and access to the area at both the north and south entrances. There is a special winter entrance fee of $10 per vehicle from December 1st to April 15th.