• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

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  • Park Highway Closed to Through Traffic

    Lassen National Park Highway is closed to through traffic. The highway is open to the the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (1 mile inside the southwest entrance) and the Devastated Area (10 miles inside the northwest entrance). Snow removal has begun. More »

Backpacking

Backpackers walk along the rocky shore of Snag Lake
Backpackers traverse the rocky shore of Snag Lake
NPS Photo
 

Backpacking is an excellent way to enjoy the lesser known areas of the park. A wilderness camping permit is required for all overnight stays in the wilderness (any area outside of a developed campground). Please be sure to review the wilderness camping information and regulations before beginning any trip into the wilderness.

Park Loop Trails
The majority of backpacking trips occur in the east side of the park, where numerous trail loops provide opportunities for single night to week-long trips. View the loop trail distances chart and maps for more information on loop trails.

Hydrothermal Areas
While hydrothermal areas provide an wonderful insight into the innerworkings of the park, they are not a safe place to camp. Camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of any hydrothermal feature. If you would like to visit a hydrothermal area on your trip, consider setting up camp nearby, and making a day trip to the area.

Did You Know?

View of devastated area from Main Park Road.

The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.