Alerts & Conditions

 

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Current Conditions

The park is OPEN.

The Conditions Summary section below includes current information about about seasonal conditions, closures, fire and air quality, and other current information. 

Air quality may be affected by the nearby Dixie Fire. Outdoor physical activity is not recommended when air quality is unhealthy or worse.

Reservations are not required or accepted to enter Lassen Volcanic. You may enter the park at any time, 24 hours a day. An entrance fee or pass is required. Only annual passes may be purchased in advance. We strongly recommend making reservations for park campsites.

 

Conditions Summary

Learn more about temporary conditions, closures, and other important current information about the park below.   

  • The park highway and the road to Butte Lake are OPEN. The road to Juniper Lake and Warner Valley are temporarily CLOSED, due to the Dixie Fire. The county road leading to Juniper Lake is extremely rocky and rough and only high-clearance vehicles are recommended. View status of park roads
  • Be prepared for possible delays up to 30 minutes on park highway and temporary closures of highway parking areas for re-paving through July.
  • Parking will be limited along the park highway. Parking is more likely to be available in the early morning or late afternoons. Have a backup plan if parking is full at your destination. 
  • Unleaded gas is available 24-hours with a credit card at the Manzanita Lake Camper Store. Diesel and unleaded are also available at nearby areas with gas stations.

The park does not close for smoke impacts, however outdoor activity is not recommended when air quality levels reach unhealthy and above.
 

Park Conditions and Operations are Impacted by the Dixie Fire

Fires Prohibited at Butte Lake Campground

The restriction is in response to extreme drought conditions contributing to severe wildfire risk and the inundation of our national wildfire response system.

View all current fire activity and restrictions within the park.

  • Manzanita Lake, Summit Lake, Butte Lake, Lost Creek, and Southwest Walk-In campgrounds are open. View the campground information including dates, amenties, rates, and links to reserve through Recreation.gov on the campground list.
  • Juniper Lake and Warner Valley campgrounds are closed, due to the Dixie Fire.
  • The entire area of Lassen Volcanic National Park is closed to backcountry camping. This closure is to protect visitors and provide resource protection during high and extreme fire danger. Day hiking is permitted. 
  • Reservations for campgrounds are highly recommended. Most sites are reservable, and first-come, first-served sights are extremely limited. Do not expect to obtain a first-come, first-served site during the busy summer season.
  • A fire restriction is in effect at Butte Lake Campground.

  • Fires are permitted only within designated campground fire rings. California is experiencing drought. Learn more about having a campfire and how you can practice campfire safety to reduce the risk of wildfire. Fireworks are not permitted.
  • The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed between Highway 70 and Highway 36, south of the park. PCT through hikers are encouraged to take an alternative route to Highway 44 near Old Station to continue their journey. This closure is due to the Dixie Fire. 
  • Ranger-led programs will be offered on an unscheduled basis. Program details will be posted outside the Loomis Museum and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center on the day a program is offered.
  • The Lassen Dark Sky Festival will not be held in 2021. Learn how to enjoy Lassen's dark night sky on your own.
  • Drakesbad Guest Ranch is temporarily closed due to the Dixie Fire. 
  • Some visitor services and facilities be temporarily closured due to staffing shortages caused by evacuations in the Chester area.
  • Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open daily 9 am to 5 pm. The auditorium and exhibit hall are open.
  • Loomis Museum is open daily 9 am to 5 pm. The park store, exhibits, and auditorium are open.
  • As of 8/2/2021: All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings. This requirement is consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission.
  • View all details on all Goods & Services or Operating Hours.
 

AnchorWeather, Webcams & Snow Depths

Snow depths are updated when there is a significant change. Learn more about Lassen's snowpack and snowpack surveys.
There are no regular patrols into the interior of the park in the winter. Due to this, we do not have current snow conditions on routes beyond the Loomis Plaza or Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

Weather Forecast

Webcam

Approximate Snow Depth
Snow Depth is not updated during the summer.

Manzanita Lake
5,900 feet

Offline indefinitely

Manzanita Lake area trails are snow-free. Check current trail/route conditions.
Snow Measurement Station

Southwest Entrance
6,700 feet

Facing north from back of Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center

Southwest area trails are snow-free. Check current trail/route conditions.

Lassen Peak
8,250 feet

Daily Sensor Measurements
Monthly Manual Measurements (Jan - Apr)

Northern California Area

View area webcams

 

AnchorAnchorStatus of Roads in the Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway and other park roads are closed for the winter snow season, typically November through May.

Refresh your browser (hit F5) to view the most recent information.

Road Section

Status

Detail

Lassen National Park Highway
A 30-mile section of Highway 89 between Highway 36 and Highway 44.

OPEN

The paved, 30-mile park highway connects the northwest and southwest entrance of the park. Vehicles over 45 feet and commercial vehicles are not allowed.

Be prepared for possible delays up to 30 minutes and temporary closures of highway parking areas for re-paving through mid-July.

Butte Lake Road

OPEN

This 6-mile road is unpaved/gravel passable by all vehicles. It starts at the junction of Hwy 44 and dead ends at Butte Lake Area.

Warner Valley (access to Drakesbad Guest Ranch)

CLOSED

Road is temporarily closed due to the Dixie Fire. Road is not recommended for RVs, trailers, and low clearance vehicles. The 17-mile-long remote road begins off of Hwy 36 in Chester. The last 3-mile section is unpaved/dirt.

Juniper Lake

CLOSED

Road is temporarily closed due to the Dixie Fire. This remote road travels no from from Chester (Hwy 36E). It is paved for the first 6 miles. The remaining 7 miles are rough gravel and rock.

A section of the county road just before the park boundary has large rocks and hazards and is recommended only for high-clearance vehicles. Road is generally not advised for RVs, trailers or vehicles with very low clearance.

 

Roads to the Park

Check conditions for area roads (map of the area) on the CalTrans QuickMap or Highway Conditions lookup page; or view current conditions on CalTrans webcams. The park does not determine chain control restrictions - this is determined by CalTrans. Please go to the CalTrans website for area chain control information.

State Route (SR) 44/89 provides access to the Northwest Entrance/Manzanita Lake Area
State Route (SR) 36/89 provides access to the Southwest Entrance / Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center

 

COVID-19 Response

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 related modifications to park facilities are listed in the Conditions Summary section above. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that operations and services adhere to CDC guidance and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. View the NPS Public Health Update webpage for additional information about COVID-19 response.

Last updated: August 2, 2021

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone:

(530) 595-4480

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