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Lassen Volcanic National Park to Host Vehicle Free Weekend May 16-18

Pedestrians on the vehicle-free park highway

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News Release Date: May 5, 2014
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102

MINERAL, CA –You are invited to hike, bike, walk or run along the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway May 16 -18 before the road opens to through traffic for the season. "I am incredibly excited to announce that visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy our spectacular scenery along 30 miles of road without vehicles," said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. “Designating a weekend as vehicle free allows our visitors to experience the park in a new and fun way.”

The highway will open on Friday, May 16 at 9:00 am for non-motorized travel (except administrative and emergency vehicles) from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and the Loomis Museum Plaza. It is highly recommended that you complete your bike ride or walk by sunset each day as the cool nights may create icy conditions on the road. Travel on the highway during this vehicle free weekend is weather dependent and may be closed if hazardous conditions exist.

Before you begin your adventure, stop into the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or the Loomis Ranger Station between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for more detailed information. A site bulletin and map are available for reference with distances and altitudes at designated waysides along the road.

Come prepared for cool weather especially in the early morning and late evening. Lassen is a high elevation park ranging from 5,650 to 10,457 feet and weather can change quickly. Check the weather forecast before your visit and come prepared for the conditions. It is recommended you wear layers and bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Even on overcast days, sun exposure is greater at higher elevations.

The entrance fee into the park is $10 per vehicle or $5 per person ($10 per family) on a bicycle. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Plaza.

For further information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or contact the park 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.