Alerts & Conditions

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Park Closure

Information


 

Plan a Winter Visit

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  • The 2018/2019 Winter Newspaper provides information 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: Most trails are inaccessible by vehicle due to road closures. Regardless, winter routes will have varying depths of snow accumulation, usually requiring the use of snowshoes or skis. Not all routes are marked.

  • 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. The Cafe is closed for the winter season. 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

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Lassen National Park Highway and other park roads have closed for the snow season, typically November through April. The
Spring Road Clearing page has spring road clearing operations information and historical road access dates.

Road Section

Status

Detail

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

Open one mile from both the Northwest and Southwest Entrances.
Closed through the park.

The highway is closed to through traffic for the winter season. The park highway winds through mountainous terrain and reaches an elevation of 8,500 ft.

Butte Lake

Closed

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)

Closed

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

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.

 

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: 2/20/19

Location Snow Depth
Mineral (5000 feet) 31 inches
Manzanita Lake (5800 feet) 46 inches (2/15)
Southwest Entrance (6700 feet) 15-20 feet
Lassen Peak (8250 feet) LLP sensor

Official Surveys

Statewide Snow Surveys

Lower Lassen Peak (8250 feet | Feather River Basin)
Survey Date: Jan 28, 2019

116 inches snow
45.5 inches of water content (39% density)
59% of April 1st average

View history since 1930
Manzanita Lake (5900 feet | Pit River Basin)
Survey Date: Jan 29, 2019
24 inches snow
5.5 inches of water content (23% density)
71% 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: February 20, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone:

(530) 595-4480

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