Planning your trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park, in northeastern California, is 66 miles east of Redding. Take California 44 east about 50 miles, then turn right onto California 89. At the park’s southwest entrance, pay $10 for a seven-day vehicle pass ($25 for an annual pass), then continue on California 89 to the Bumpass Hell parking lot. Driving time from Redding is about 1 1/2 hours.
The park has 20 hiking trails, eight hydrothermal-activity areas, eight campgrounds, three visitor roads, a visitor center, the Loomis Museum (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. most summer days) and several ranger-led programs. Bikes are allowed on paved roads only. Bumpass Hell usually opens to hikers July 1, unless it’s been a year of heavy snow, which postpones the opening date. The park is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, though snow will occasionally restrict access.
TO LEARN MORE
Lassen Volcanic National Park, (530) 595-4444, www.nps.gov/lavo.
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