Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northern California, approximately three hours northeast of Sacramento. The park is accessed via Hwy 44 (to the north) or Hwy 36 (to the south). Three additional roads dead end at the southeast and northeast corners of the park. The nearest airports are Redding, California; Sacramento, California; and Reno, Nevada. There is no public transportation to the park at this time.
High-elevation roads to and inside the park are often icy or snow-covered during the fall and winter. Winter conditions can be very hazardous, especially when temperatures drop during the evening and early morning hours. Carry tire chains in your vehicle from October through May. Chain requirements can be instituted at any time; even four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires can be required to chain up. Learn more about winter driving on the CalTrans website.
To check for chain requirements, road closures, or other highway advisories before your trip, call the CalTrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623 or go to the CalTrans highway status page.
Volcanic Legacy Scenic BywayLassen Volcanic National Park and nearby Lake Almanor mark the southern end of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. This 500-mile byway is one of just 31 All American Roads in the United States - the "crown jewels" of the nation's highway system. Other highlights on the route include Burney Falls State Park, Mount Shasta, Lava Beds National Park and Tule Lake, and Crater Lake National Park. Visit the VLSB website to learn more.
Last updated: April 12, 2017