Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Park Closure

  • Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,, Park Highway Closed to Through Traffic Lassen National Park Highway is closed between Loomis Plaza and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center for the snow season. The Warner Valley and Butte Lake Roads are open to vehicles with 4 wheel drive. The Juniper Lake road is closed due to snow.

 

Planning a Fall / Early Winter Visit?

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Lassen Volcanic. With fewer visitors and cooler temperatures - it can feel like you have the park all to yourself. The changing seasons does also come with changes to services and early snowfall can temporarily limit access to higher elevation areas. Read more for help on planning your fall visit or read the 2017-2018 Winter Newspaper.

  • Sections of the park highway may close temporarily at any time due to snow or ice. Check road conditions below prior to your visit.
  • Carry tire chains in your vehicle from October through May. Area highways institute chain controls when necessary for safe travel during snowstorms. Check on current highway conditions.
  • All trails are open, however they may receive snow at any time. View a list of current hiking trail conditions.

  • The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (at the southwest entrance of the park) is open Wednesday through Sunday. See all operating hours and seasons.

  • The Southwest Walk-in Campground is the only year-round campground. Visitors may also camp in vehicles in the parking area adjacent to the campground and are subject to the camping fee.

  • Ranger-led snowshoe walks will be offered Saturday and Sunday, January 6 through April 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm outside the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snowshoes are provided; space is limited.

  • Entrance fees change to winter rates on December 1.

  • Entrance to the park is free this fall on: September 30: National Public Lands Day and November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend.

 

Status of Roads within the Park

Last update - 11/8/2017

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Road Section

Status

Detail

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

Closed

The road through the park is closed due to snow accumulation. It is closed at the southwest entrance at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and at the Loomis Plaza at the northwest entrance.

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

Butte Lake

*Open

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

Warner Valley (access to Drakesbad Guest Ranch)

*Open

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.
4 - wheel drive vehicles may be required due to snow on the road.

Juniper Lake

Closed

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.
*4 - wheel drive vehicles may be required due to snow on the road.

 

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: 11/17/17

Location Snow Depth
Mineral (5000 feet) 1 inch
Manzanita Lake (5800 feet) 2- 3 inches
Southwest Entrance (6700 feet) 2 feet
Lassen Peak (8250 feet)

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

View history since 1930
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

 

Last updated: November 17, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone:

(530) 595-4480

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