Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to impressive hydrothermal zones, volcanic peaks and many beautiful mountain lakes. If you love nature, you’ll want to put Lassen Volcanic National Park on your itinerary for the Golden State!

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in the Shasta Cascade region of northeastern California and is one of the least visited national parks in California. This is a pity, because the park has a lot to offer, but it is also a blessing for the discerning traveller who can explore this beautiful country in relative solitude.

Lassen Volcano National Park, originally two separate national monuments, was established in 1916. The park is home to the four types of volcanoes found on Earth: Shield, joint, cereal cone and dome of volcanic plugs.

The wild beauty of the landscape, spectacular hydrothermal features, and activities for all seasons make Lassen Volcano National Park a must for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. This guide is intended for travelers who plan to visit the park during the summer and early fall, when the park is likely to be fully open.

Are you planning to visit this spectacular park? Read on to learn all about Lassen Volcano National Park and what you need to know before you leave.

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What to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Opening hours and rates in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Visitor centers for visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park
Where to stay when visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park
How much time should you allow for a visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park?
To Lassen Volcanic National Park in northeastern California
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Best time to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park
Tips for visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Hell’s Bumpass hiking trail to see hydrothermal features

Bumpass Hell is home to some of the best hydrothermal sites in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Hike the 3-mile circular trail to see fumaroles and steam towers, mud holes and boiling ponds.

A moderate walk offers breathtaking photo opportunities. A bird’s eye view of the Rift volcano, or Mount Tehama, which erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Stroll along the promenade beside the pool to observe the hydrothermal activity in complete safety. The smell of rotten eggs is strong, but the colors are pretty and the sounds are fun to hear.

Sulphur Harvester Boardwalk

Another area of hydrothermal activity that is easily accessible and worth a visit is the sulfur plant. Here you can see the clay pots and chimneys whistling from the sidewalk.

Don’t forget to check for hydrothermal activity on both sides of the park road. Here, as in Bumpass Hell, the colors are beautiful. The sidewalk is paved and walkable.

The Sulphur Works parking lot is located just two miles north of the southwest entrance, on the road to Lassen Volcanic National Park. During the day the parking lot is often crowded, so come early to get a spot. In winter, when the boardwalk is closed, you can take a walk to Sulphur Works.

Enjoy the beautiful Lake Manzanita

Lake Manzanita, one of the most easily accessible lakes in Lassen Volcanic National Park, is also beautifully photographed on the postcard. Kayaking is very popular at Lake Manzanita.

Swimming and wading may be prohibited due to the dangers posed by otters. Therefore, check the park’s website before you go there. The 1.6-mile trail around the shoreline is flat, easy and pleasant for most visitors.

Photographers will want to capture the reflection of Lassen Peak in the calm waters of the lake. Come early in the morning, on a clear and calm morning, for some magical photos. There are some very good places on the north coast where you can take the perfect photo.

Visit to Loomis Historical Museum

The Loomis Museum, housed in a historic 1927 building, is small but interesting if you want to learn more about the history of the park. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Benjamin Loomis built the museum to house his collection of park photographs and geological artifacts. The museum, as well as the nearby seismograph building, were eventually donated to the park.

The museum, which also serves as an information centre for visitors, is only open in the summer. You can watch exhibitions and a film about the park and buy souvenirs in the shop.

Foresters-led programs are sometimes offered on the outdoor grounds, and the Lily Pond Nature Trail crosses the street.

Hike to Kings Creek Falls

The easy, moderate trail to Kings Creek Falls is a must in Lassen Volcanic National Park. This is our favorite hike in Lassen, because it’s as much about the journey as the destination. King’s Creek Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in California.

At the base of Lassen Peak, Kings Creek flows through a beautiful prairie, and if you come in season, you get to see amazing wildflower displays, and you may even see mule deer and birds on the trail to the waterfall. Trees along the path grow crooked under the weight of winter snow cover.

You will reach the end of the path, from where you can safely admire the beautiful waterfall, listen to the sound of the water and take pictures. The waterfall of 3 meters, framed by ferns and other vegetation, is very photogenic!

Two trails lead to the falls: a short and steep trail with steps (Cascades Trail) and a longer and less steep trail (Horses Trail). The bridle path is 3 miles there and back.

Driving or biking along Lassen Drive

The Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway (California Highway 89) offers a scenic drive through the park. The drive from the Loomis Museum and Lake Manzanita on one side to the Kon Yah Mahini Visitor Center is just over 28 miles in one direction.

At the beginning of the season, when snow removal is not yet complete and the road is still closed to motor vehicles, you can walk or cycle on the cleared sections of road.

Kitchen visit for higher hydrothermal activity

The hydrothermal zones in Lassen Volcano National Park have big names, right?

Devils Kitchen in Warner Valley is the second largest hydrothermal zone in the park and can be reached via a 4.2-mile hike. Because it’s not so easily accessible, you might find more privacy in the devil’s kitchen during peak season. The walk leads through woods and meadows and is very picturesque.

The hike takes you through a colorful landscape where you can see steam escaping from holes in the ground, but also pots of boiling mud and springs. You can also hear the activity : Splash, hiss and crackle.

The Devils Kitchen Trail is located on Warner Valley Road, about 16 miles northwest of Chester.

Hike to Lassen Peak

The Lassen Peak hike is challenging with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet and five miles round trip, but it is a popular hike in the park. On the way up you have a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

The view from the top is spectacular, with 360-degree panoramas of the devastated area. The landscape is the result of the eruptions of Lassen Peak that occurred in and around 1915. Lassen is classified as an active but dormant volcano.

The climb to the 10,463-foot summit is steep, with many directional changes. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, as the trail is open. And wear sturdy walking shoes with good grip!

Walking on interpretation path of defused area

The summit of Lassen Peak offers breathtaking views of the area, but you can also get up close to the landscape on the Desert Interpretive Trail.

The circular walk is only 0.25 miles long, so it’s a quick stop, but you can learn more about the geological effects of the plate eruption along the way. Thousands of blocks of all sizes, ejected by the eruption, are scattered across the area.

The accessible trail offers great views of Lassen Peak and the heights of the impoverished area.

Mill Creek Falls Tour

Mill Creek Falls is the highest waterfall in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail begins at the Kohm Yah Mah-i Visitor Center at the southwest entrance to the park.

The hike is just over 3 miles there and back, with an elevation gain of about 935 feet. There are several stream crossings on the logging road, and in season (usually July) you will see fields of yellow mullet ears. During your hike, you can observe deer and birds, as well as keep a view of Mt. Diller and Mt. Chipping.

The trail ends at a lookout point where you can safely enjoy the waterfall.

Enjoy Juniper Lake Beach

Juniper Lake is located in the southeast corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park, with Mount Harkness in the background. Immaculate Blue Lake is the largest body of water in the park and is located 6,700 feet above sea level.

Juniper Lake is accessible by a partly paved and partly gravel road. It is suitable for swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Motorboats are not allowed. The 6.8-mile Juniper Lake Trail circles the lake and offers a good workout with great views.

Marvel at the beauty of Lake Helene and Emerald Lake

Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to many beautiful high-altitude lakes, some of which are easily accessible from the park highway. They make a nice picture!

Glacial Lake Helen is located at an elevation of approximately 8,200 feet above sea level. For most of the year it is frozen or snowy, but when it thaws completely or partially, it produces a postcard pattern.

You can swim in Lake Helen, the water is icy. We just dipped our toes in crystal clear water. On a quiet day you can see Lassen Peak beautifully reflected in Lake Helen.

Emerald Lake is located near Lake Helen. It is a smaller lake, green as its name and lined with pine forests. The water here is clean and cold.

Investigation of the hydrothermal properties of the boiling lake source

The other hydrothermal zone in Lassen Volcanic National Park, Boiling Springs Lake, has a temperature of about 125 degrees Fahrenheit, which comes from the steam stacks below the lake. The color of the lake is a beautiful bright green, and there are several colored mud pots on the shore.

Kipings Springs Lake, located in the Warner Valley, is accessible via an easy 3 mile trail with a 200 foot rise. A slight climb at the beginning through a meadow leads to a forest road from where you reach the lake. You can take a walk around the lake to see its colors and features.

Observe birds and deer along the way: We saw a few peaks piled up as we walked along the road. You will also see many wildflowers in season. The tree population is also diverse, ranging from ponderosa pine and Douglas fir to incense cedar and sugar pine.

You can also follow the trail to the Geyser Terminal, which is not a geyser but a large evaporator. We found that Devils Kitchen and Boiling Springs Lake were worth much more time and effort.

Hiking on the Grinding Cone Trail

The challenging Cinder Cone Trail begins at the Butte Lake parking lot on the northeast side of the park. The 4-mile hike (round trip) has an elevation gain of about 850 feet and allows you to experience the volcano up close.

During the hike, you can observe the landscape created by the lava flow on one side of the trail: this area is known as the Fantastic Lava Beds. Further along the path you can see and photograph the colourful painted dunes.

From the top of Cinder Cone, you have panoramic views in all directions, including views of Lassen Peak, Lake Butte, and aerial views of the painted dunes and fantastic lava beds you passed along the way.

There is an optional path leading to the cone. The Cinder Cone is one of the best and most unique trails in the park, but it’s quite a challenge. The climb is steep and open, so it’s important to protect yourself from the sun and water.

Beware of wild animals: Bears have been seen here. It is preferable to do this walk the day before so that the descent can be done in daylight.

Swimming or kayaking Lac de la Butte

Butte Lake is located in the northeastern part of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The lake, which is less frequented because it is a remote part of the park and accessible by a 15 km dirt road, is bright blue and surrounded by black volcanic hills.

Lake Butte is a very popular swimming spot and also has a dock for canoes and kayaks. The landscape with its features created by lava flows is fun to explore by boat. Fishing is another popular activity at Lake Butte. This is the perfect place to relax after a hike at Cinder Cone!

Walking on the cliff path

The Brokeoff Mountain Trail is one of the most challenging trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park, but it also offers some of the best panoramic views in the park. It’s a 7.4-mile round trip, with an elevation gain of nearly 2,600 feet. Not for the faint of heart.

At first you climb through meadows and forests, eventually leaving the trees behind as you climb up. From the top of the mountain, you’ll have stunning views of Lassen Peak, Diller Mountain, Mount Shasta, Mount Conard and the chaos crags, as well as the surrounding countryside below.

From the top you also have a beautiful view of the caldera of Mount Tehama, an ancient volcano. Look for wildflowers of different species along the trail during the season. Bring binoculars if you like bird watching and if you are also looking for deer.

There is only a short period when this course is snow free, usually from late July to late August. Sturdy walking shoes with a good grip are essential, and walking sticks can be very useful.

Enjoy the beauty of the top of the lake

Summit Lake is near the Parkway. The small alpine lake sits at an elevation of about 6,700 feet above sea level and is surrounded by beautiful pine forests. The water here should be a little warmer than in the other lakes along the highway.

Swimming, fishing and kayaking are very popular at Summit Lake. Summit Lake has two campgrounds, so it’s not as isolated during the season as some of the other lakes in the park.

Hiking in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Looking for a few days of solitude in the wilderness? Lassen National Park offers several overnight trails for experienced and well-prepared backcountry explorers. Be a responsible visitor to the hinterland by following the principles of the Leave No Trace program.

Most of the Lassen Volcano trails are in the eastern part of the park, with trails at Butte Lake, Warner Valley, Juniper Lake and Lake Superior. One of your options is the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.

The Cluster Lakes Loop is one of the park’s most popular hiking trails, with many lakes along the way. The Butte Lake – Schnag Lake – Twin Lake – Silver Lake loop is another scenic trail suitable for families and adults.

You need a permit to camp in Lassen’s backyard.

Star gas

Far from the light pollution of big cities, Lassen’s Volcano National Park offers stunning night skies, perfect for stargazing. To better look at the stars, choose a cloudless night with a new moon. On a night like this, we can see the Milky Way in all its glory.

Bring lawn chairs so you can sit down and wait 15 to 30 minutes for your eyes to get used to the darkness. Your patience will be rewarded with many more stars! A lakeshore or beach is an ideal place for outdoor stargazing. Bring a headlamp or flashlight if you plan to go out after sunset.

If you visit Lassen when it’s a full or nearly full moon, you’ll have great photo opportunities in the park, with the moon rising over the volcanic peaks. Experienced hikers even climb Lassen Peak on a full moon night!

Lassen Volcano National Park hosts an annual stargazing festival in late July or early August. This three-day festival includes special activities and lectures and is an entertaining event for both children and adults.

Enjoy wildflowers and autumn blooms in season

Lassen Volcano National Park covers all four seasons. Several hundred species of flowering plants grow here, and if you enjoy observing the local flora on your walks and hikes, you’ll love Lassen’s trails.

Wildflower season in Lassen Volcanic National Park runs from May to September, so chances are good that you’ll see some wildflowers on every visit to the park during this time. Spectacular spikes of yellow pomegranates cover entire hills when in bloom, while shy beauties like red aquilegia require a little vigilance.

Search the park for the orange clove, the red brush of the Indian painter, the royal white flower stems of the corn lily, purple shooting stars and silver lupine, and many other species.

Although most trees in the park are evergreen, you can still find autumn colors in Lassen Volcanic National Park. In the fall, look for meadow grasses and willows that are turning a beautiful golden, orange or rust color. Aspens, alders and poplars in places like Lake Manzanita also change color.

Research on wildlife

Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to dozens of species of mammals, including the very rare Sierra Nevada fox. If you see it or can photograph it, please report it to the park to help with the search!

More than two dozen black bears live in the park and have been seen by park visitors. Although they are called black bears, they can be brown in color. Lynxes, mountain lions, coyotes and mule deer, but also smaller animals like pikas and squirrels live in Lassen NP.

So far we have only seen deer during our visits to Lassen. Other animals are seen sooner rather than later. Always be careful and observe wildlife from a safe distance or in your vehicle. The park has instructions on how to care for bears.

Birds look ahead

Several dozen species of migratory birds spend the summer in Lassen Volcano National Park and fly south for the winter. If you visit the park in the summer and enjoy bird watching, bring your binoculars or goggles and keep an eye out for the different species as you walk the trails and explore the park.

Among the most common birds in the park are the amazing Steller’s Blue Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker and the Mountain Chickadee. You may also see a juniper, which looks like a sparrow but has a dark face and head, a number of woodpeckers and several species of birds of prey.

Lassen Volcanic National Park opening hours and fees

Lassen Volcano National Park is generally open all day, every day. But before you visit, check the park’s website for special closures. Visitor centers, park stores and campgrounds are open at different times of the year and at different times of the day.

The highways and other roads in Lassen Volcano Park are snow covered and inaccessible to traffic during the snow season, which generally lasts from November to May or June. Services will also be limited during this period.

The entrance fee to Lassen Volcanic National Park at the time of writing is $30 per vehicle. The winter admission ticket for one vehicle is $10.00. The fee for a motorcycle is $25.00 and for a person on foot or bicycle $15.00. The ticket is valid for 7 consecutive days from the date of purchase. Self-pay kiosks are available at times when access points are not manned.

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Lassen Vulcanic National Park visitor centers

Lassen Volcano National Park has two hiking centers. We encourage you to stop by one of the reception centers upon arrival for orientation, answers to your questions, information and suggestions for hikes and other activities suitable for you (and your travel companions).

The Kohm Yah Mah-Nee Visitor Center is located about a mile from the southwest entrance to the park. It is open all year round. Here you can watch a film about the park, view exhibits, get information and talk to the park rangers on duty. You will also find a park bookstore, a gift shop and a cafe.

The Loomis Museum, located on the northwest side of the park, also serves as a visitor center. At this visitor center, open only in the summer, you can also see a movie about the park, view exhibits, participate in ranger programs, get answers to your questions, and browse the park’s gift shop.

The ranger stations at Butte Lake in the northeast and Juniper Lake in the southeast are not staffed.

Where to stay when visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park

Airbnb’s close to Lassen Vulcanic National Park

This comfortable log cabin has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. The spacious cabin has a large mezzanine bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a balcony overlooking the forest for wildlife and bird watching. The cabin is a short drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park. Book your stay here!

This picturesque cabin is located in a quiet wooded area of Shingletown, just a 10-minute drive from the park. Ideal for a large family or group, the house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. Book your stay here!

This cottage in the Shasta forest is comfortable and offers many opportunities for wildlife and bird watching. In summer you can relax on the veranda and in winter inside, by the fireplace. This one bedroom, one bathroom cottage is well appointed, has a full kitchen and is a charming retreat just 25 miles from the park. Book your stay here!

Hotels in or near Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Highlands Ranch Resort at Mill Creek is located approximately 9 miles from Lassen Volcanic National Park. The apartments are located in a park of several hectares and have a separate living area and terraces overlooking the mountains. Breakfast, free parking and Wi-Fi are available. There is a restaurant and a bar on site. Book your stay here!

The village of Childs Meadow is also located on Mill Creek. It offers free parking, an on-site restaurant with American cuisine and a bar. The rooms have a separate living room and a microwave. Book your stay here!

The Drakesbad Guest Ranch is located on the southeast side of the park. The ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gîte is seasonal and accommodation is offered in the gîte or in individual pavilions and bungalows. All meals are included and activities are offered. Book your ticket in advance!

Campsites in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park, located at the southwest entrance, has seven campgrounds : Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, Juniper Lake, Lost Creek and Lake Superior (north and south). The camping villages are located near the Manzanita Lake.

Most campsites in the park require advance reservations, which can be made at the recreation center. There are no RVs in the park, but some campgrounds, such as Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake and Summit Lake, accommodate RVs and trailers.

There are no scattered camping areas in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

How much time do you need to spend in Lassen Volcanic National Park?

You can visit Lassen National Park from a few hours to a few days, depending on the extent of your exploration and whether you want to immerse yourself in nature for a while or just enjoy the park’s main attractions.

In one day you can drive through the park, visit some hydrothermal sites (the best places for a short trip into the park are Bumpass Hell and Sulphur Works), picnic at one of the lakes, and maybe take a day trip (Lassen Peak or Kings Creek Falls are good choices).

For three or more days, you can take your time and explore different parts of Lassen Volcano National Park thoroughly and at your leisure. Climb the volcanic peaks in the morning and enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the lakes. In the park you can observe sunrises, sunsets and the night sky.

We spent three days exploring the park and had a great time. Of course we would have liked to stay longer, as it is a special place, but we were able to take the hikes we needed and explore the park on our own.

Travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northeastern California. The nearest airport is Redding, but connections are limited. You can fly to Redding from other major cities in California, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Sacramento International Airport or Reno International Airport in Nevada are the best options and are served by many US and international cities.

You can also drive to the Lassen Volcano National Park. The park is accessible via California State Route 36 to the south and California State Route 44 to the north. From Sacramento, the distance to the park is 192 miles, or just under three hours’ drive. From San Francisco, it takes about 4 hours to drive the 247 miles.

Roads also lead to the northeast and southeast corners of the park, but if this is your first visit, we recommend arriving at the southwest or northwest entrance where staffed visitor centers are located.

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Lassen Vulcanic National Park

To explore the park, you’ll need a set of wheels, whether it’s a car, a van or a motorcycle. Please note that the roads in the park are closed in winter. Hiking is the best way to get closer to the park’s attractions, whether they are hydrothermal sites, volcanic peaks, forests or lush meadows.

In the spring, when parts of the Parkway have been cleared but the road is not yet open to car traffic, you may ride your bike on the cleared road sections.

Best time to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is a park for four seasons, and there is plenty to do no matter when you visit. If this is your first visit to the park, we recommend coming in the summer or early fall, when the park roads are open, the lakes are melting and the landscape is full of wildflowers. The days are long and you can enjoy a wide range of activities and services.

However, many visitors prefer to travel to Lassen in the winter to enjoy winter sports and snowshoeing. The park is a beautiful snowy land, with few visitors and a great sense of solitude in the landscape. In spring, it’s easier to hike on partially cleared trails, the days are longer and there’s more time to explore.

Tips for visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park

Download park plan and brochure

If you want to make sure you always have navigation assistance at hand, you can download or print out a parking map and brochure before your visit. If you are considering going camping, here are a few resources that may be helpful to you:

This National Geographic illustrated hiking map features hiking trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park and adjacent national forests. There are over 150 miles of hiking trails in the park, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. Buy from Amazon!

We found this guide to hiking in Lassen Volcanic National Park very helpful during our exploration of the park. It contains information on day hikes and walking tours, as well as interesting notes on what to expect on each trail. Buy from Amazon!

Read parking safety manual

Much of Lassen is classified as wilderness area, and the weather in the park can be unpredictable and dangerous. The Lassen Volcanic National Park website has a page on safety. Please read and follow the instructions to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

Expected cellular reception

An answering service is available at locations along Park Road, but not throughout the park. On the hiking trails and campgrounds, you probably won’t have reception. Kohm Yah Mah-Nee Visitor Centre offers free Wi-Fi.

We have invested in a few gadgets that we take with us on all our nature trips:

The GPS smartwatch is very useful as a navigation tool. Check out this top-of-the-line installer for the Garmin Fenix 6 (available from Amazon or REI), or the cheaper Garmin Instinct (available from REI or Amazon).

InReach Mini, as a backup for navigation and calling for help if we don’t have a cell phone connection. With a satellite subscription, you can send and receive text messages when there is no mobile phone reception. It weighs only 3.5 ounces and also has tracking and SOS functions.
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Transporting a lot of drinking water

Bring plenty of drinking water to keep everyone in your group well hydrated, especially while hiking. Drinkable water is available at the visitor centers.

If you plan to travel, bring a cooler! This is very useful, not only for storing drinking water, but also for perishable goods.

Bring snacks and food

In season, food is served at the Kohm Yah Mah-i Tourist Centre and the Manzanita Lake camping shop. Picnic tables are available throughout the park. So if you’ve prepared a meal, you can stop for a picnic during the day.

Restaurants can be found in communities a few miles from the parks, such as Shingletown and Mineral. The restaurant at Highlands Ranch Resort in Mill Creek is highly rated, as is the seasonal offerings at Drakesbad Guest Ranch.

Search for grocery stores

If you plan to drive northwest of the Loomis Museum entrance, Shingletown is a good place to stop and buy bottled water, groceries, and anything else you think you might need. If you are coming from the southwest, there is a small store in Mineral, but you may want to stock up on supplies earlier.

Dressing in layers

In Lassen Volcano National Park, the weather can turn at any time of year, so prepare by dressing in layers. If you plan to arrive during the coldest months, warm clothing is obviously essential, but you should bring warm, waterproof jackets, hats and gloves, regardless of your arrival date. Plus warm underwear!

Long sleeve tops and long pants are always recommended for camping trips. Also bring a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for the open trails and time spent on the beach or in the water.

Wear sturdy walking shoes

Hiking boots or shoes with good grip are recommended if you plan to hike in the park. The paths may be wet or slippery, with loose gravel or sand.

Sturdy shoes with closed noses are recommended, even if you do not plan to hike.

Insect repellent and first aid kit

You may encounter mosquitoes and other biting insects, especially in meadows, wooded areas or forests. Insect repellent is a must!

Also bring your own first aid kit, including clean tweezers, disinfecting wipes and lotion.

Bring your camera and binoculars

If you like to take pictures of birds or wildlife, but don’t want to carry heavy equipment, look for a digital pocket camera with a good zoom. We take our little Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 with us on camping trips: It is very light and fits in any pocket, but has a 30x zoom and Leica lens and takes great pictures, even of small birds, when the light is right.

If we expect to see birds or wildlife, we always have our compact binoculars with us: We love the Celestron Trailseeker compact binoculars. They are waterproof and ideal for use in the light of dawn or dusk, when you are most likely to see birds and wildlife.

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frequently asked questions

Is Lassen Volcanic National Park worth a visit?

This unpretentious treasure near the town of Chester is characterised by crystal clear lakes, breathtaking mountains, steaming fumaroles, flowering meadows and impressive volcanoes, from which the park takes its name. Although less known, this park is definitely worth a visit.

How many days do you need in Lassen National Park?

2 days (which would require 3 nights due to distance) would be good for Lassen and McArthur Bernie Falls.

How long does it take to travel through Lassen Volcanic National Park?

The average travel time is two hours. View the route on Google Maps. From the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, drive 6 miles south on Lassen National Park Road (SR-89).

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