Snow Delays Summer Season for Lassen Volcanic National Park
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, (530) 595-4444, ext. 5101
The deep winter snows and late storms have extended the road, campground and trail openings at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Visitors can anticipate the main park road to be open for through traffic on July 9. Juniper and Summit Lake Campgrounds will open on July 16 and trails in the higher elevations will continue to melt out as summer progresses. "The Fourth of July weekend has historically filled campgrounds to capacity as families have made it a tradition to spend their holiday weekend in this beautiful park setting," stated Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. "This year, visitors will be camping and hiking in the lower elevations, and taking advantage of the snowfields in the park."
The road will be opened to the Lassen Peak Parking Area from the Southwest Entrance and open to the Devastated Area ten miles in from the Manzanita Entrance Station in time for the holiday weekend.
Hikers can walk trails in the Manzanita Lake and Butte Lake areas. Most other park trails, including Bumpass Hell Trail, are still snow-covered and inaccessible or difficult to locate.
The Lassen Peak Trail is open to the "Grandview" area, approximately 1.3 miles from the parking area providing many views of the surrounding landscape. Portions of the trail are snow-covered and require crampons and an ice axe for climbing. The trail will be flagged so visitors can avoid off-trail damage to the underlying landscape. The remainder of the trail to the summit will remain closed pending further assessment. Trail accessibility information is available on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/lavo/parkmgmt/current-lassen-peak-trail-status.htm.
For additional information, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or call (530) 595-4480. -NPS-
Did You Know?
The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.