Photo from Lassen NPS
Visitors can now drive to the Devastated Area, ten miles from the north entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. ” Beyond the Devastated Area visitors will find snow depths of two to three feet and excellent spring-like skiing conditions,” stated Acting Park Superintendent Steve Gibbons. We hope many of our local snow enthusiasts will come to the park and enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, and snow play. For those visitors that would enjoy an easy walk with excellent views of Lassen Peak, the 1.8 mile trail around Manzanita Lake is snow-free and offers many opportunities to view wildlife taking advantage of the spring-like weather. This mild winter season and lower snow levels have made clearing this part of the park highway possible.
Visitors are reminded that when storms move through the area that the highway may close due to snow, ice and fallen trees. Backcountry users are advised to check weather forecasts before setting out and monitor weather conditions during their trip as their vehicle could be stranded on the closed road. All visitors should also be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Check the most recent weather forecast, dress in layers, carry food and water. Stow a shovel, extra blankets and tire chains in your vehicle in case unexpected winter road conditions delay your travel.