Q: When will Hike and Bike the Highway (HBH) Occur?
A: HBH begins once road crews complete clearing snow from the first section of highway, which is 10 miles from Loomis Plaza to Devastated Area. HBH ends when the highway opens to through traffic (between the Manzanita Lake and Southwest entrances) for the summer season.
Q: When will the sections open for HBH?
A: Generally, the timing of the opening of sections and eventually the entire highway to vehicles change each year and is largely dependent on snow depth, snow clearing operations, and conditions at the time of anticipated opening. The park cannot predict when sections or the entire highway will open. View a map of road clearing progress/status.
Q: Which sections of the highway are open to HBH?
A: The park highway usually opens in segments as snow clearing operations progress. Usual order of opening is: Loomis Museum to Devastated Area (10 miles), Southwest Entrance to Sulphur Works (1 mile), Sulphur Works to Bumpass Hell parking area or Lassen Peak parking area (7 or 8 miles), and then open to through traffic. You can view a map of road clearing progress/status to see which segments of the highway will be open during your visit.
Q: Are pets permitted on the highway?
A: Yes! HBH is a great opportunity to enjoy the park with your leashed pet. Pets must be on a leash of five feet or less and are only permitted on the paved road. Pets are not permitted on park trails, in any body of water, or in park facilities.
Q: Is HBH a single day event?
A: HBH began as a single day event and has since grown to an multi-month, springtime opportunity for visitors to enjoy cleared sections of highway before they open to vehicles. When conditions and timing allow, the Saturday before the highway opens to through traffic is promoted as the final opportunity for HBH.
Q: Will sections of the highway close again once they have been opened to vehicles?
A: Once opened to vehicles, sections of the highway will not be closed specifically to allow non-vehicular use. Sections of the highway may temporarily close if conditions warrant; spring and early snow storms occur occasionally in the higher elevations of the park.