Approximately November to April The park is snowbound and cold. Great time for snowshoeing. Winter is an excellent time to enjoy a day at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
Approximately April to Mid-June The weather is warming up. Though the nights can still be below freezing. The higher elevations are still snow-filled. Conditions permitting, the road begins to open. Higher elevation lakes begin to thaw.
Approximately Mid-June to Mid-September The park is sunny and dry, with cool nights. Snow can linger on trails above 8000 feet until late August. Ranger programs are in full swing.
Approximately Mid-September to November The park is mild during the day and cool at night. Light snows that melt off may begin in October. The trails are usually still clear. Weather permitting, a drive through the park road reveals the changing leaves of Autumn.
This challenging trail allows visitors to experience the power of the Cinder Cone Volcano firsthand! The sandy trail climbs gently at first, bordered by woodlands on the right and the Cinder Cone’s lava flow on the left. The trail steepens as the Cinder Cone comes into view. At 1.2 miles, the trail reaches a fork […]
The Lassen Peak trail offers hikers the opportunity to climb to the top of one of the largest plug dome volcanoes in the world. The trail climbs through twisted mountain hemlock, white back pine trees, and sand like cinders. As the trees thin, the vistas appear; the trail steepens into a series of switchbacks along […]
Bumpass Hell is the largest hydrothermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park and was named after an early settler severely burned a leg after falling into a boiling pool! The trail is quite easy, although the altitude at 8,000 feet can make the trail seem moderately difficult. The well marked 1.5 mile trail will make […]
Backpacking is an excellent way to enjoy the lesser known areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The majority of the trips occur in the east side of the pack, where numerous trail loops provide opportunities for single night to week-long trips. A wilderness camping permit is required, but is easily obtained in a variety of […]