Over 100 miles of trails in Lassen Volcanic are open to stock users. The following regulations for saddle and pack animals help insure the safety of visitors, riders, and horses, and the protection of resources. For the purpose of these regulations, the terms stock and pack animals refer to horses, mules, burros, and llamas. The following information is provided to assist you with planning a stock-supported trip in the park. Please note that it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the specific regulations and restrictions which apply to the use of these animals in the park.
New! Horse/Stock Trail Section Closure on Kings Creek Trail
The Kings Creek Trail section that passes the overlook (see map on trail page) is closed to horses and stock to ensure trail worker safety. Horse and stock users may use the Bench or Sifford lakes trails to access Corral Meadow or Warner Valley.
Sites for stock parties are available by reservation only. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777 and can be made up to a year in advance. Cancellations are subject to an administrative fee of $25 or the cost of the reservation. For stock corral information, please call tlhe park's fee offic at (530) 595-6121.
Planning Your Stock-Supported Trip
- Familiarize yourself with best practices and regulations regarding stock use in the Saddle and Pack Stock Use Guide (pdf, 330 KB).
- Review specific regulations and restrictions listed by trail on this page or in the Saddle and Pack Stock Use Guide.
- Obtain a backcountry use permit from any visitor center or by mail.
- If you plan to stay overnight in the park, make a reservation for a stock facility. Overnight stays are not permitted in the backcountry.
Saddle and Pack Stock Use Guide (pdf, 330 KB) contains the information listed below including information on trail and stock care regulations, and stock use facilities.
Obtaining a Permit
A backcountry use permit is required for all stock use. This permit is available at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, the Loomis Museum, or through mail to the park headquarters, P.O. Box 100, Mineral, CA 96063. Permits are free of charge. To obtain a permit prior to your arrival, you may complete a wilderness permit application. Or obtain one in person upon arrival.
The following sites are provided for camping with stock in the park. Please note that overnight stays are not permitted in the backcountry. Butte Lake Corral | Juniper Lake Corral | Summit Lake Corral
Please note the following information regarding stock facilities:
- Place manure in a plastic bag no more than ¼ full then place next to the refuse container or remove from the park upon departure.
- Portable corrals are not allowed except within designated corral enclosure areas listed above.
- Hitch rails are not provided. Be prepared to use your trailer as a hitch rail.
* For additional stock corral information, please call the park's fee office at 530-595-6121.
- Use stock and pack animals only on trails, routes, and areas designated for their use.
- The use of stock or other pack animals on paved roads is prohibited except where such travel is necessary for entry to or exit from trails, or is incidental to authorized travel.
- Stock and pack animals must proceed at a slow walk when traveling in the immediate vicinity of people on foot.
- The use of animals other than those designated as pack animals for purposes of riding or the transportation of equipment is prohibited.
- Due to the small size of the park and generally unacceptable locations for overnight use of stock and pack animals, overnight stays are not permitted in the backcountry.
- Fifteen animals is the maximum permitted group size.
- Pets are not allowed on trails or in backcountry areas.
- Stock must travel on designated trails, as off trail tracks remain visible in the park's volcanic soils for many years. Stock and pack animals are not permitted on the trails in the following areas:
- Manzanita and Reflection lakes
- Lassen Peak trail
- Bumpass Hell trail from the parking area to Cold Boiling Lake
- Cinder Cone Trail
- Devil's Kitchen and Sulphur Works thermal areas
At times when trail or weather conditions warrant (such as trees across the trail or wet soil), additional stock use conditions (including trail closures) may be established.