Winter Storms Close Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway for the Season
Contact: Darlene Koontz, (530) 595-6102
"The scenic drive through Lassen Volcanic National Park has been closed to through traffic for the season," announced Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. The frequent winter storms these past few weeks have covered the park highway which can no longer safely be plowed through at higher elevations due to the deep snow and icy conditions. More detailed information on current park conditions can be found online at www.nps.gov/lavo, on Facebook and Twitter. Visitors traveling to the park should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions. Carry tire chains in your vehicle along with extra food, water, and blankets.
This winter Lassen Volcanic National Park offers many opportunities for recreation, including snow play, skiing and snowshoeing. Ranger-led snowshoe walks for the general public leave from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from December 22 to April 7. New this year, rangers will lead a more challenging, advanced snowshoe hike deeper into the backcountry, available by reservation only. Call (530) 595-6133 to make reservations for special programs or organized groups.
To commemorate National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 12, a special snowshoe program will be offered at 10:30 a.m. from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Visitors can also spend a wonderful winter day at the Lassen Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. Films that highlight park and outdoor recreation will be shown in the visitor center auditorium. Visitors can plan for a fun day of snowplay, lunch at the Lassen Café, and viewing one or more films.
For more information, please contact the park at (530) 595-4480 during visitor center hours: Thursday through Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo.
Did You Know?
The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.