News Release Date: June 3, 2013
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102
MINERAL, CA - Lassen Volcanic National Park is encouraging safe outdoor adventures with its second annual Explore Safely Trail Challenge. “The challenge is a great way for visitors to learn more about preparedness and awareness of risk through outdoor activity in their national park,” said Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. Participants who complete the challenge will receive a free bandana featuring the Explore Safely logo.
The trail challenge begins on Saturday, June 8 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. This new, annual event encourages healthy, active outdoor fun and offers opportunities for families to experience the great outdoors in their public lands.
In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, visitors can select from a number of snow free trails including the Manzanita Lake loop and Mill Creek Falls trail, or attend a ranger-led hike in the Manzanita Lake area.
Visitors wishing to hike the Lassen Peak trail should be prepared for winter conditions including over-the-snow travel. The trail to Lassen Peak summit will open to hikers on the weekends of June 21-23, July 4-7, August 16-18, and August 30 – September 2. On June 21, visitors can enjoy a new cellular audio tour and route through the Lassen Peak summit crater. The audio tour features true stories from individuals who experienced the Lassen Peak eruptions first-hand.
For more information about the Explore Safely Trail Challenge, please visit go.nps.gov/exploresafely or contact the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at (530) 595-4480 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.