Park Highway and RoadsLassen Volcanic Park Highway is the only route through the park. Three additional roads provide access to more remote areas: Butte Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake. View a map of the park or learn more about park areas to visit. All roads close for the winter season (approximately December through May) due to snow. Beginning in April, road clearing progress can be followed on the spring road clearing page. Visitors are highly encouraged to check current road conditions before visiting.
Lassen Volcanic National Highway
The 30-mile park highway connects the northwest (Manzanita Lake) and southwest entrances of the park. This scenic route passes through dense forest, traverses a ridge with views of Lake Almanor to the south, crests at 8,512 feet near Lassen Peak trailhead, and descends steep volcanic slopes into the southwest area. There are no guardrails on this route due to snow removal requirements. The southern section of the highway is windy and includes a handful of switchbacks. Designated turnouts and parking areas provide opportunities to enjoy the highway highlights.
Juniper Lake Road
The Juniper Lake area is located in the southeast corner of the park and is accessed via a 13-mile road outside of Chester. From Hwy 36 in Chester, turn north onto CR-312 (county road). Continue a half mile and veer right onto CR-318. The Chester Fire Station, on the north side of the road, provides a good marker. Continue 13 miles to Juniper Lake Campground or an additional half mile to the day use area. The last 6 miles is rough dirt road with steep sections and is not suitable for buses, motorhomes, or trailers. Juniper Lake is 45 miles (~1.5 hours) from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
Warner Valley Road
The Warner Valley area is located in the southeast corner of the park is accessed via a 13-mile road outside of Chester. From Hwy 36 in Chester, turn north onto CR-312 (county road). Continue a half mile and veer right onto CR-318. The Chester Fire Station, on the north side of the road, provides a good marker. Continue 4 miles and veer right to stay on CR-312. Follow signs to Drakesbad. Continue 12.5 miles to Warner Valley Campground and day use area. The last 3 miles is dirt road with steep sections and is not recommended for trailers. Warner Valley is 38 miles (~1 hour) from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
Butte Lake Road
The Butte Lake area is located in the northeastern corner of the park. A 6-mile dirt road is accessed from Highway 44 and is passable by passenger vehicles. It can be rutted and dusty mid-summer. The road is closed for the winter, approximately November through June, depending on snow depth. Butte Lake is 31 miles (~1 hour) from Manzanita Lake.
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.
Last updated: April 12, 2017