Lassen Volcanic National Park offers over 150 miles of hiking trails for visitors of levels of ability. Discover the devastation of Lassen Peak's last eruption on the accessible trail at the Devastated Area, explore Lassen's largest hydrothermal area on the Bumpass Hell trail, or spend the day climbing Brokeoff Mountain and enjoy its spectacular panoramic views. Please note that winter conditions often persist late into the summer months, and many trails are not snow free until June or July. View current trail conditions below or call (530) 595-4480 for the most up-to-date information.
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Bear-Resistant Storage Required for Backpackers
Overnight backcountry users must use a container certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) to store food and scented items. View more information on the backpacking permit page.
Hydrothermal Area Danger
For your safety, stay on established trails and boardwalks. Ground in hydrothermal areas can look solid but may actually be a thin crust hiding pools of acidic boiling water or mud. Traveling off-trail in these areas may result in severe injury. Read more about exploring the park hydrothermal areas.
Day Hiking in Winter and Early SpringMost hiking trails are not accessible during winter and early spring. When hiking in the winter or early spring, you'll be hiking on snow and will most likely need snowshoes, skis, and/or shoe traction-devices. We don't plow or shovel snow from hiking trails. The main park road is not plowed during the winter, so popular trailheads that you can easily access in the summer (like Bumpass Hell or Lassen Peak) are not reachable via car. Most hiking trails are snow-covered until late May or early June. Depending on the snow year, some hiking trails won't be snow-free until later in the summer. However, as the road is plowed in the spring, sections open to walking, hiking, and biking, which makes for a very enjoyable experience. Find out what Lassen Volcanic National Park is like if you're Visiting in Spring or Visiting in Winter.
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Last updated November 30, 2019 - This page will not be updated until late spring, once snow begins to melt and locations beecome accessible.
Last updated: February 15, 2020