June 29, 2012
Darlene Koontz, 530-595-6102
Lassen Volcanic National Park will be a cool summer adventure this July 4 week for visitors looking to camp, hike, fish, picnic, kayak, or even play in the snow. Due to the low snow year, the scenic park road opened through the park on June 1 and attractions at all elevations will be open by this Friday, June 29. "This is a great time to bring your family and friends to the mountains where you can enjoy camping, hiking park trails, fishing, picnicking by the lakes, taking scenic drives, and viewing wildlife," stated Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.
All campgrounds in the park are now open. The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Museum are open daily and visitors will find the concession-run facilities at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center's Lassen Café & Gifts, the Manzanita Lake Camper Store & Cabins, and Drakesbad Guest Ranch in full operation.
The Lassen Peak Trail will be open to the summit from Saturday, June 30 through Sunday, July 8. The Bumpass Hell trail will be open as well as the trail to Kings Creek Falls. However, hikers must keep in mind that most of the higher elevation hikes still have many stretches of snow on the trails and can be icy in the morning and slushy/slippery as the day warms up. Hikers are encouraged to use trekking poles and sturdy shoes and be prepared for unstable snow and running water on some trails.
There are ranger-led summer programs every day of the week throughout the park. Information and schedules can be found in our park newspaper or on our website. These are a great way to learn about specific aspects of the park. This summer will be our first Dark Skies festival from August 10-13. During the day, rangers will lead astronomy themed hikes and workshops. This year's spectacular Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak August 11 to 13.
To learn of facility opening activities, trail status, receive updates, or check for current conditions, go to the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo, on Twitter @LassenNPS, on Facebook, or contact park staff at (530) 595-4480.