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The southern portion of the main road through Lassen Volcanic National Park will open to the Bumpass Hell parking area beginning this Saturday, June 18, announced Park Superintendent, Darlene M. Koontz. "The park road crew has been diligently working the past several weeks to clear snow up to depths of 25 feet along this eight-mile section of the road."
As the summer season begins and the road opens to this location each year, many visitors are very interested in hiking to the top of Lassen Peak. The later heavy snow storms this past spring have left the peak trail snow-covered and will require anyone wishing to summit Lassen Peak to be prepared for traveling over the snow with equipment such as skis, snowshoes, ice axe and crampons. This is a popular time for spring skiing and the clear skies combined with warmer weather make for exceptional skiing.
The peak will remain open to over-the-snow travel only until trail crews are able to begin work for this season which will be the second year of the Reach the Peak trail rehabilitation project. Once trail work has resumed, over-the-snow travel on the peak and the trail beyond the first 1.3 miles from the parking area will be closed to all travel. Access to the upper portion of the trail and summit will only be available on the following dates this summer: July 1 to July 4; August 13 to August 14; and September 2 to September 5. These closures are necessary for the safety of both trail workers and visitors.
To enjoy a safe and memorable hike on Lassen Peak and in other park areas, visitors are reminded to be prepared: protect yourself from the sun, take time to adjust to the elevation, carry at least one liter of water per person, and bring clothing and equipment appropriate for the current trail conditions.
For more information, please contact the park at (530) 595-4480, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo.