Lassen Volcanic National Park Welcomes Winter – the Park Road is Now Open for Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102
"The scenic drive through Lassen Volcanic National Park has been transformed by the recent storms to a scenic winter trail," announced Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. During this time of year, frequent winter storms blanket the main park road with snow and ice. The park road can no longer safely be plowed through the road's higher elevations due to the deep snow and icy conditions.
Lassen Volcanic National Park offers unparalleled opportunities for winter recreation, including snow play, skiing and snowshoeing. Ranger-led snowshoe walks for the general public leave from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center - open year-round - on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from December 17 to April 8. New this year, rangers will lead more challenging snowshoe hikes to Ridge Lakes on December 30 and March 24, 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 7, 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, January 14 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Films that highlight park and outdoor recreation will be shown in the visitor center auditorium. Visitors can plan for a fun day of snow play, lunch at the Lassen Café, and viewing one or more films.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is also pleased to announce that with the assistance from Caltrans, four new highway signs have been installed in surrounding communities to inform travelers about the park road status. The signs indicate whether travel through the park is possible and provide a phone number for updated road conditions. During the fall and spring, when rapidly changing weather requires temporary road closures, the signs will help alert travelers prior to their arrival. Signs are located at the following highway junctions: 36 / 99 near Red Bluff; 36 / 89 near Chester; 89 / 44 near Old Station; approximately 10 miles east of Interstate 5 on 44 near Millville. 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 from October through May, along with extra food, water, and blankets. For more information, please contact the park at (530) 595-4480, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo.
Did You Know?
On the evening of May 14, 1915, incandescant blocks of lava could be seen bouncing down the flanks of Lassen Peak from as far away as the town of Manton, 20 miles to the west.