A Day or Two to See the Park in Summer
Lassen Volcanic National Park provides a wealth of fun activities that are as varied as the seasons of the park. Here is a sample of summer activities based on your length of visit. You may also use the links to the left to help you plan your visit.
Mill Creek Falls trail is an excellent hike for families. This moderate 3.2 mile round-trip hike passes through Red Fir forest, and along Mill Creek to the park’s highest waterfall. This trail is often the first snow free trail in the southwest area of the park.
When planning which activities you want to enjoy while visiting the park, please keep one thing in mind. Access to specific trails, or even the park itself, is dependent on the weather and snow conditions. In heavy snow years the park road may open as late as July 21th, but could open as early as May 10th. Click here to visit the road opening status webpage for up-to-date information. For the same reasons, access to many trails may be restricted or limited to those with snowshoes. The Bumpass Hell trail usually does not open until early to mid-July. Call the Visitor Center at 530-595-4480 for the current status of trails throughout the park.
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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.