Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Information


 

Planning a Summertime Visit?

Please be aware of the following:

  • The park will be covered in snow April and May. Many trails are covered until July.
  • Road clearing operations began April 4, 2017. Sections of the park highway will open when it is safe for vehicle traffic.
  • Roads and trails are often closed or snow-covered through June.
  • Higher elevation trails such as Lassen Peak, Bumpass Hell, and Kings Creek Falls are often snow-covered through much of July.
  • Hiking can necessitate the use of sturdy footwear, trekking poles or more advanced winter equipment such as crampons or ice axes.

 

Status of Roads within the Park

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Road Section

Status

Detail

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

Partially Open
Road clearing operations began 4/4. Click here for status updates and to view historic opening and closing dates.

The park highway is closed to through traffic for the snow season. Vehicles can enter the park at the northwest entrance and drive to the Devastated Area (10 miles) and boat launch. Or, enter the park at the southwest entrance and drive to Sulphur Works (2 miles).

The remainder of the highway connecting the two entrances is closed to through traffic for the snow season, typically November through June.

Butte Lake

Partially Closed *Road may be impassable due to snow, mud, downed trees or other debris. The road is open to the park boundary

Road is unpaved/gravel, 6 miles in length and begins off of Hwy 44.

Warner Valley (access to Drakesbad Guest Ranch)

Partially Closed

Road is open to the park boundary. Park road into the park is passable by foot to Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Forest Service road is cleared and passable to the park boundary.

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

Juniper Lake

Closed

*Road may be impassable due to snow, mud, downed trees, or other debris.

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.

 
Map of road work in the surrounding area

Status of Roads Surrounding the Park

To view the webcam at the Highway 89/44 junction near northwest park entrance click here. Select a highway to view information from the CA Department of Transporation:
32 | 36 | 44 | 89 | 299

Expect Road Work Delays on CA-36 and CA-44
  • CA-36: 10 miles west of CA-89 junction to the southwest entrance
  • CA-36: 4 miles east of CA-89 junction to the southwest entrance
  • CA-44: 2 miles west of northwest entrance

 

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: 5/20/17

Location Snow Depth
Mineral (5000 feet) No Snow
Manzanita Lake (5800 feet) No Snow
Southwest Entrance (6700 feet) 7.5 feet
Lassen Peak (8250 feet) ~ 14 feet (May 2)

Official Surveys

Statewide Snow Surveys

Lower Lassen Peak (8250 feet)
Survey Date: April 1, 2017

243.5 inches snow
133.5 inches of water content (55% density)
172% percent of April 1st average
Manzanita Lake (5900 feet)
Survey Date: February 29, 2017
27 inches snow
7.5 inches of water content (28% density)
97% percentage 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.

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

 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone:

(530) 595-4480

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