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Contact: Mary G. Martin, (530) 595-4444, ext. 5101
Lassen Volcanic National Park Opens Road to Bumpass Hell Parking Area
Superintendent Mary G. Martin announced that the main park road in Lassen Volcanic National Park will open to the Bumpass Hell parking area eight miles from the Southwest Entrance on Friday, April 27. Visitors can presently drive ten miles to the Devastated Area from the Manzanita Lake Entrance.
Snow levels are lower than normal for this time of year. There is approximately seven to eight feet of snow at the Lassen Peak parking area where there is normally 14 to 16 feet. Snow depths should diminish significantly as the crew progresses further down in elevation and warmer weather is more frequent. “This is a great time to experience the park’s beautiful snow-covered landscape. The park is quiet and there is little traffic,” said Superintendent Martin.
Walkers and bicyclers can travel the plowed road. Hiking trails including Bumpass Hell and Lassen Peak are still inaccessible. Snow conditions vary throughout the day. Nighttime freezing causes the snow pack to remain icy until 10 or 11 a.m. when it becomes slushy with the warm afternoon sun. It is important for visitors to still prepare for winter conditions at these higher elevations. Dress in layers of clothing to adjust for conditions and bring food, water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Visitors should also be aware that snow removal equipment is working and to avoid these areas when possible. Visibility for equipment operators is limited and can be very hazardous. It is also that time of year when storms may intermittently close the road until the road crew can reopen it.
For information about visitor services, road and weather conditions, please check the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/lavo under “Current Conditions” or call (530) 595-4444 (595-3480 for TDD), Monday though Friday except holidays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.