Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a wide variety of Ranger-led and Junior Ranger programs throughout the summer and winter seasons. View information about ranger-led program below or learn more about special events.
Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes
Join a ranger-led snowshoe hike and explore the wild and wintry red fir forest environment off-trail. First, a ranger will demonstrate how to put on your snowshoes and how to move safely on the snow. Once basic techniques are covered, the group will head out into the snow and the adventure begins! Ranger-led snowshoe hikes cover one to two miles of moderately strenuous terrain, and they don’t follow a trail. The exact route can vary with snow and weather conditions.
New! 2020 Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes Have Ended
The final two weekends of ranger-led snowshoe walks are cancelled, following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers. Snowshoe walks will resume in January of 2021.
Meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, located at the park's southwest entrance via Hwy 36. Hikes are two hours long, from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
Free tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 9:00 am on the day of the hike. Space is limited. Sometimes weekends can be busy and snowshoe hikes fill, especially if it's a holiday weekend. If you're concerned about getting a spot, we recommend arriving before 11:00 am to secure a free ticket.
You must obtain your spot in person, the day of the snowshoe hike, at the information desk inside the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. We do not take reservations in advance or hold spots.
Ranger-led snowshoe hikes start promptly at 1:30 pm. Since the hikes do not follow a distinct route or visible trail, we are not able to accommodate late-comers.
There are no ranger-led programs offered at the park's northwest entrance (accessible from Hwy 44) during the winter.
Snowshoes are provided -- donations to the park help support snowshoe maintenance.
Organized groups or groups larger than 10 planning on attending a regularly scheduled hike must schedule a ranger-led snowshoe hike outside of public programs. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about scheduling your group.
Snowshoe hikes are open to those eight years of age and older; children in carriers are not allowed due to safety concerns.
Appropriate clothing and footwear is recommended such as; water-resistant hiking boots or snow boots, layered clothing and water or wind resistant outerlayer, hats, gloves and sunglasses.
Snowshoes are only provided for the ranger-led activity; the park does not rent snowshoes or other winter equipment.
Please Note: Hikes may be cancelled at the last minute due to extreme weather conditions. Please feel free to call (530) 595-4480 ahead to check on conditions or you can check current conditions.
Winter Ecology Snowshoe Program
Lassen's Education Program offers ranger-led snowshoe walks and winter ecology programs for school groups grades 3 through 8. Programs are by reservation only. Please visit our Field Trips page for more information.
Summer Ranger-led Programs
Discover your park through a ranger-led program from Junior Ranger activities to evening talks. Programs are offered mid-June through early September.
Thursdays, June 20 to August 15, 2019* | 11:00 - 11:45 am
Outside the Discovery Center (across from the Loomis Museum in the Manzanita Lake Area)
Learn how US Forest Service and National Park Service firefighters manage fire to promote forest health and protect lives and property. Learn how firefighters use engines and firefighting gear to support the important role that fire plays in the ecosystems of our national parks. Participants who complete the program will earn a Junior Firefighter patch. Program is 45 minutes long and is open to all ages. *Scheduled programs may be affected by firefighter availability, visit the Loomis Museum for updated information.
Public Bird Banding Demonstration
Sunday, July 19, 2020
8:00 am - 8:30 am - 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Meet at the Manzanita Lake boat ramp
Each year Lassen's natural resource team uses nets to capture and band migratory birds. This monitoring provides information on population abundance and health. Join us for a public bird banding demonstration. Meet a ranger at the Manzanita Lake boat ramp area at one of the times list above for a five minute walk to the banding site. Don't forget your camera!