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Lassen Peak Trail Open to Summit with Evening Closures this Weekend

Snow field on upper portion of the Lassen Peak trail
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News Release Date: June 17, 2013

Mineral, CA – The Lassen Peak Trail will open for visitors wanting to hike to the summit of Lassen Peak on June 21, 22, and 23 during daylight hours. Evening closures from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. have been set due to safety concerns. “An assessment of the trail revealed a few lingering snow fields which pose a considerable hazard to hikers with the low evening temperatures and limited visibility,” stated Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. Hikers are encouraged to consider Cinder Cone, located in the Butte Lake area, as an alternative full moon hike.
 
Visitors wishing to hike Lassen Peak Trail should be prepared for winter conditions including over-the-snow travel. Hikers will need to stay on the trail and follow the marked route where covered by snow. Some of the equipment hikers should consider includes: sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles, crampons and ice axe, layered clothing, food, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and first aid kit. It is also advisable to check weather forecasts just prior to hiking.
 
As rehabilitation work on the Lassen Peak Trail continues, the trail will be open most of the summer season to 1.3 mile “Grandview Overlook.” The trail to the summit will be open on the weekends of June 21-23, July 4-7, August 16-18, and August 30-September 2. On June 21, visitors can enjoy a new cellular audio tour and route through the Lassen Peak summit crater. The audio tour features true stories from individuals who experienced the Lassen Peak eruptions first-hand.
 
To learn more about facilities, 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.

Did You Know?

closeup of white flowers of smelowskia flower

The Lassen Smelowskia flower only grows within Lassen Volcanic National Park, with the largest population on Lassen Peak, and is considered a Threatened and Endangered Species.