Amazing Places in Northern California: Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Mount Lassen, is one of the largest lava domes on earth. Lassen Volcanic National Park, is a fascinating place that easily triggers ones imagination! I’ve been there many times, and I’ve written a few posts about this park. This week my daughter and I spent a couple days in the park.

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During winter most of the roads are closed. This year they are expected to be fully open in mid June! There’s a lot of snow this year.

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However, there’s still places that you can visit. There’s two entrances to the park, and the road is open a few miles behind each entrance (then you have to turn around.)

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The snow makes for a completely different experience. You can hike, or enjoy the area with snowshoes during winter.

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We spent our first day in the park around the northwest entrance of the park, near Manzanita Lake. I took the photos in today’s post that day.

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At the campground, Manzanita Lake.

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We spent the second day hiking near Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, near the other entrance to the park. Photos from that day, in a separate post. We’re planning to go back in June, when the road that goes through the whole park opens up. There’s no end to places to explore in this park! There’s many campgrounds, and even places to park an RV as well. I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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Lassen Peak, reflected in the clear water of Manzanita Lake.

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28 thoughts on “Amazing Places in Northern California: Lassen Volcanic National Park

  1. So wonderful, love the final black and white. Looks like a fun place to explore. I am planning a backpacking trip with girlfriends this summer here, just setting the itinerary and details now. We visited this park with my boys last summer, what a place! I can’t wait to go back this summer, many times.

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  2. Det är mer snö på Mt Shasta i år också men fortfarande ingenting jämfört med hur det var “förr i tiden” med stängda vägar fram till mitten på sommaren.
    Tycker det är fascinerande med vulkanerna som vi har utmed hela nordvästra USA i Kalifornien, Oregon och Washington.

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  3. What gorgeous photos, Maria. Looks like you have an eye for nature and landscape photography 🙂 I had no idea that was part of a volcano until you pointed it out. There sure looks like a heap of snow there in the cooler months. Lovely BW shots, so well composed and they do highlight the peaks wonderfully.

    Sounds like there is a lot to do at the park. Maybe you could even try camping there some day 🙂

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    • Thank you for your kind words Mabel. It was a little more than 100 years ago since the last eruption of Mount Lassen. The surrounding landscape, for many miles, is still covered by shattered rocks. There is still volcanic activity going on today. It is a fascinating place. Looking forward to go camping there this summer.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Thank you thank you thank you for posting this beautiful place. When I get homesick it is for mountains – this gave me a little injection of antidote for the sickness but also concentrated my mind that I HAVE to visit the area whilst I am this side of the pond 🙂


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