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Contact: Kevin Sweeney, 530-595-6130
MINERAL, CA – Lassen Volcanic National Park is gradually stepping into spring for this year’s National Park Week. The winter’s deeper-than-average snowpack is quickly disappearing from the Manzanita Lake Area, while the Southwest Area remains blanketed in 13 feet or more of snow.
National Park Week kicks-off this Saturday, April 20 with free entrance to Lassen Volcanic and all National Park Service sites.
“This week, visitors can hike a mostly snow-free loop around Manzanita or Reflection Lakes in the Manzanita Lake Area or enjoy spring snowshoeing or skiing in the Southwest Area,” said Superintendent Richardson. “Spring also offers the unique opportunity to hike, run, or bike plowed sections of the park highway before they are opened to vehicles.”
The annual spring road clearing process began in the Manzanita Lake Area on March 28. Clearing snow from the 30-mile highway and additional access roads takes two to three months on average. A ten-mile section of highway between Loomis Plaza and Devastated Area is currently cleared of snow and opened to vehicles on April 18. Road crews began clearing from the Southwest Area yesterday. A map of road clearing operations and status is available at go.nps.gov/lavo/snowclearing.
A new park entrance fee of $30 per vehicle (valid for up to seven days) is now in effect. The Lassen Annual Pass is $55. This year’s pass features the 2019 Annual Pass Photo Contest winning photograph Cinder Cone by Angela Ferrell of Red Bluff, California. Ferrell will receive photo credit and a $50 gift certificate from the Lassen Association for use at one of its park stores. Additional entrance fees and passes can be viewed at go.nps.gov/lavo/fees.
Seasonal changes occur quickly in the spring season at Lassen Volcanic. Snow sports will continue to be the highlight of a visit to the Southwest Area for the coming months. However, spring conditions will quickly appear in the Northwest Area of the park. Visitors can learn more about opportunities to explore the park and anticipated conditions by month at nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit.
For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/lavo; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or e-mail us; find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.
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Last updated: April 19, 2019