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Many Favorite Areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park Remain Open During Reading Fire

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Date: August 18, 2012
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102


"Many areas of the park remain open beyond the areas closed by the Reading Fire," stated Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz."The smoke conditions of the park change on a daily basis with several areas experiencing clear skies and cooler temperatures. I encourage visitors to call our visitor center to check on smoke conditions prior to visiting the park."

The park's most popular trails remain open. From the Southwest entrance, visitors can access the Bumpass Hell trail, Kings Creek Falls trail, Mill Creek Falls, and Brokeoff Mountain trail among others. Warner Valley offers visitors an opportunity to hike several trails includingthe trails to Devils Kitchen and Boiling Springs Lake, two of the park's hydrothermal areas.The Lassen Peak trail will be open to the summit Friday August 31 through Monday September 3. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular full moon hike up the peak on August 31. The trails around Manzanita Lake, Lily Pond, Crags Lake and Manzanita Creek are open in the northwest part of the park.

Camping is available at Manzanita Lake, Warner Valley, Juniper Lake and the Southwest (walk-in) campground.Visitor services include the Loomis Museum, Manzanita Lake Camper Store, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, the Lassen Café & Gifts (located at the visitor center) and Drakesbad Historic Guest Ranch in Warner Valley.

Ranger-led programs offer visitors a wide variety of topics on the natural andcultural history of the park seven days a week through Labor Day weekend. There are programs for visitors of all ages. A program schedule of activities can be found on our park web site or in our summer newspaper, available at many locations throughout the park.

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.


Did You Know?

reddish color microscopic snow alage

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.