Alerts & Conditions


Park Closure



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Plan a Winter Visit

The 2018/2019 Winter Newspaper is an indispensable resource for planning a winter time visit.

  • Snow: The first winter snowstorm in the park began on November 21. Check below for current snow depths.
  • Roads: The park highway is closed due to a series of snowstorms. The highway will remain closed for the snow season, typically November through April. Access to the park will remain open one mile from the Northwest and Southwest Entrances to the Loomis Plaza and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, respectively.
  • Trails: Some trails are inaccessible due to road closures. Regardless, trails will have varying amounts of snow accumulation.
  • Be Prepared: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions and plan accordingly. A snowstorm can close access to the park's entrances.
  • Visitor Centers: The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (at the southwest entrance of the park) is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Loomis Museum is closed for the winter. See all operating hours and seasons.
  • Food: Food service is limited between November and May. Lassen Cafe and Gift is open 11 am to 2 pm weekends only. Visitors are welcome to enjoy their own meals in the dining area.
  • Gift Shops: The Lassen Association bookstore in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor is open during visitor center hours. See above for Gift Shop hours.
  • Camping: The Southwest Walk-in Campground is open year-round and in winter is snow-covered. View more about park campgrounds.
  • Backpacking: Wilderness camping requires a wilderness permit. Read more about wilderness camping in the park.

Status of Roads within the Park

Last update - 11/30/2018

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Update 11/21/2018 - Lassen National Park Highway has closed due to a series of snowstorms beginning 11/21. At this time, the toad closure is temporary. In the event of continued snowsotrms and/or icy roads, it will remain closed through the witner season.

Road Section



Lassen National Park Highway
(The portion of Highway 89 traveling 30 miles through the park.)


The park highway winds through mountainous terrain and reaches an elevation of 8,500 ft.

Butte Lake


Road is unpaved/gravel, 6 miles in length and begins off of Hwy 44.
*Four-wheel-drive vehicles may be required due to snow on the road

Warner Valley (access to Drakesbad Guest Ranch)


Road is not recommended for RVs, trailers, and low clearance vehicles. It is 17 miles in length and begins off of Hwy 36 in Chester. The last 3-mile section is unpaved/dirt.

Juniper Lake


Road is not advised for RVs, trailers or vehicles with very low clearance. The road is 13 miles long. It is paved for the first 6 miles north of Chester (Hwy 36), then rough gravel and dirt for the remaining 7 miles.


Snow Depths

Snow depths are updated when there is a significant change. Call (530) 595-4480 for the most up-to-date information.
Last updated: 12/6/18

Location Snow Depth
Mineral (5000 feet) 0 inches
Manzanita Lake (5800 feet) 8 inches
Southwest Entrance (6700 feet) 22.5 inches
Lassen Peak (8250 feet) LLP sensor

Official Surveys

Statewide Snow Surveys

Lower Lassen Peak (8250 feet)
Survey Date: March 27, 2018

131.5 inches snow
53.5 inches of water content (41% density)
69% of April 1st average

View history since 1930
Manzanita Lake (5900 feet)
Survey Date: April 2, 2018
8.5 inches snow
3 inches of water content (35% density)
39% of April 1st average

Wildland Fire and Air Quality Conditions

Air quality conditions can change rapidly due to weather and other variables. Lassen Volcanic National Park staff may not be aware of these rapid changes. Please be aware of your surroundings and use the following links and phone numbers for more information. Learn more about air quality and smoke impacts here.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Fire Information
Northern California Highway Information Hotline: 1-800-427-7623
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Air Quality Measurements and Forecasts for Northern California


Last updated: December 14, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063


(530) 595-4480

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