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  • Northeastern California
  • Established August 9, 1916
  • 165 square miles

Before Lassen Peak last erupted, in 1915, it was thought to be dormant. It’s now thought to be dormant again. The mountain, which is part of the southern end of the North Cascades, and the landscape over which the mountain presides, now form Lassen Volcanic National Park, a place that is a combination of typical northern California landscape and ruinous volcanic-aftermath landscape. Some of the park is still geologically active, with boiling water, hot streams, fumaroles, sulfur vents, and steam holes. Blue lakes contrast with golden flakes of iron pyrite; wildflowers grow near cinder crags.

Like all of the North Cascades, Lassen Volcanic National Park is covered with snow for much of the year. The road to Lake Helen is sometimes buried under 40 feet! So, get out your snowshoes or cross-country skis and pack a winter picnic. In the summer, there’s plenty of hiking, boating, kayaking, swimming, and even horseback-riding.

National Parks Revealed will help you make the most of your trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park. If you’d like to linger in the Park for a few days, we’ll arrange for you to stay in the best accommodations in the area. If you want to spend half a day in the Park as you journey from one place to another, we’ll help make that happen. Our specialty is creating custom itineraries just for you, making sure that you have time for all the activities you want, matching you with local guides who will explain the geological wonders of Lassen and can show you the best trails to hike. We recommend combining your trip to Lassen with visits to other nearby national parks.