• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

Current Conditions

View from Brokeoff Mountain on 1/12/14
View from Brokeoff Mountain on January 12, 2014
NPS Photo

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Status of roads within Lassen Volcanic NP

Road Section



Lassen National Park Highway


The park highway is not recommended for vehicles over 45 feet, total length. Paved surface winds 30 miles through mountainous terrain, watch for wildlife and falling rocks.

The highway will be closed to through traffic Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Museum for a vehicle-free day.

Butte Lake


Road is unpaved/gravel, 6 miles in length and begins off of Hwy 44.

Warner Valley (access to Drakesbad Guest Ranch)


Road is not recommended for RVs or trailers. It is 17 miles in length and begins off of Hwy 36 in Chester. The last 3 mile section is unpaved/dirt.

Juniper Lake


Road is not advised for RV's, trailers or vehicles with very low clearance. The road is 13 miles long. It is paved for the first 6 miles north of Chester (Hwy 36), then rough gravel and dirt for the remaining 7 miles.

Status of roads surrounding Lassen Volcanic NP
To view the webcam at the Highway 89/44 junction near northwest park entrance click here.
Highway 32 | Highway 36 | Highway 44 | Highway 89 | Highway 299

Snow Depth, Weather Forecast & Webcams
Snow depths are updated when there is a significant change. Call (530) 595-4480 for the most up-to-date information. Last updated: 5/3/14.

Mineral (5000 feet)
0 inches
Manzanita Lake (5800 feet)
0 inches Weather Forecast | Webcam
Southwest Entrance (6700 feet)

0 inches Weather Forecast | Webcam

Lassen Peak (8250 feet)
PG&E Sensor

Northern California Weather Forecast

April Snow Survey Results:
Location: Lake Helen - 8,250 feet elevation
Snow Depth - 122 inches (10 feet/3.1 meter)
Water Content - 45.5 inches
Density - 36%
April 1 Average: Water Content - 80.2 inches, Density - 55%

We received unusually low snowfall this past winter; visit our new drought webpage to learn about how drought affects Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Wildland Fire and Air Quality Conditions Update
New! Dangerous Fire Conditions Exist
Due to drought conditions and increased temperatures, Lassen Volcanic National Park is experiencing higher than normal fire danger this fall. Safety is our first priority and we ask for your cooperation in remaining diligent by extinguishing all campfires in the campground fire rings, properly disposing of cigarettes and adhering to the campfire ban in the backcountry. Conditions change; for your safety stay informed of current and predicted weather conditions while visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Air quality conditions can change rapidly due to weather and other variables. Lassen Volcanic National Park staff may not be aware of these rapid changes. Please be aware of your surroundings and use the following links and phone numbers for more information.

Lassen Volcanic National Park fire information
Northern California Highway Information Hotline: 1-800-427-7623
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Air Quality Measurements and Forecasts for Northern California

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt riding a horse

Lassen Volcanic National Park started as two separate national monuments designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907: Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument.