Road Closure in Lassen Volcanic National Park Attracts Snow Activities
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-4444 ext. 5101
Winter has arrived at Lassen Volcanic National Park. The recent storms and colder temperatures have closed the road through the park to vehicle traffic for the winter season. The current snow depth at the Lake Helen area is 27" deep and will increase with each storm. "Winter recreation is quickly coming to life in the park drawing cross country skiers, snowshoers, and snow play activities," said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.
The park road is open to the Manzanita Lake area on the north side and to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center one mile inside the park from the southwest boundary.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is open throughout the winter. "The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is a great place for winter park users to watch the park film in high-definition, view the interpretive exhibits, purchase a cup of hot chocolate and keep warm by the stonework fireplace," added Koontz.
Preview the winter wonderland on the park and Caltrans webcams looking north from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center near the Southwest Entrance and Highway 44 at the junction of Highway 89 (Lassen National Park Highway) near the Northwest Entrance and Manzanita Lake Area found at: http://www.nps.gov/lavo/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
For more information regarding weather and road conditions please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or call the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at (530) 595-4480.
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.