Choose Your Winter Adventure
The snowy winter and spring seasons offers numerous opportunities for oversnow recreation. Vehicle access is limited to one mile from the Southwest and Northwest Entrances approximately November through May. Beyond the plowed roads to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Plaza, the entire park is snow-covered.
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Snowplay & Sledding
The steep slopes in the Southwest Area of the park, near the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, are popular with experienced sledders. Be sure to choose a slope that is right for your group and the conditions. Sledding is the number one cause of visitor injury in the winter season. Each winter rangers treat and evacuate sledders with head and spine injuries, lacerations, and broken bones. Icy snow creates very fast sledding conditions and trees and rocks abound in this area. Eskimo Hill, located north of the park in Lassen National Forest, is also a popular sledding area.
In the snowy season, the majority of the park is snow-covered and oversnow travel is required to explore the winter wonderland.
Bring your own snowshoes to enjoy winter routes in the Southwest and Manzanita Lake Areas.
The Southwest Campground is open year-round. Tents are allowed only in the oversnow campground area. Camping in a vehicle is permitted in the adjacent parking area with fee. Learn more about winter camping at the Southwest Campground.
Backcountry Camping is recommended only for experience backcountry travelers. A free backcountry permit is required and is available outside the Loomis Ranger Station in the Manzanita Lake Area or inside the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Learn more about backcountry permits.
Last updated: March 10, 2021