Lassen Volcanic National Park invites you to find your park with free admission on Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19 in honor of National Park Week, National Jr. Ranger Day and Earth Day. “Spring is a great time to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park, stated park superintendent Steve Gibbons. “Whether you like to hike in the snow-free lower elevations or backcountry ski on Lassen’s high elevation peaks, spring presents the unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy both winter and spring activities.”
The Lassen National Park Highway is open ten miles from the Manzanita Lake entrance to the Devastated Area and one mile from the southwest entrance to Sulphur Works. The road crew is currently plowing the interior of the highway, which remains closed to vehicles. With lower than normal snow pack this year, the park highway may open as early as the end of April. The Butte Lake road is open to visitors with little to no snow in the area. Now is the perfect time to take a spring hike up Cinder Cone. The roads to Warner Valley and Juniper Lake are anticipated to open in early May.
There are several options for hiking in the park this time of year. Mill Creek Falls is mostly snow-free and provides an opportunity for a moderate 3-mile round trip hike to see a stunning waterfall. Manzanita Lake area trails are snow-free, including Crags Lake and the accessible Devastated Area interpretive loop. Skiing and snowshoeing opportunities are still available at higher elevations in the park.
Although warmer temperatures have already arrived in the valley, the park can still experience winter-like weather this time of year. Check the forecast before your visit and come prepared for the conditions. It is recommended you wear layers and bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Even on overcast days, sun exposure is greater at higher elevations.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit the websitewww.nps.gov/lavo or contact the park at 530-595-4480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Press Release