Lassen has closed the highway through the park.
This has been a tough year for one of our favorite national parks: Lassen Volcanic NP. The Dixie fire ravaged the eastern part of the park this summer, and snows have now closed the main road through the park. That latter development isn't unusual, but how this precipitation will affect those burned areas is still very much up in the air....Here's a photo from a sunnier season.
MINERAL, CA- Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway is closed to through traffic for the winter/spring snow season. Autumn storm events are continuing to bring rain, snow, and ice to the high-elevation roadway.
Lassen Volcanic National Park remains open throughout the winter/spring snow season. Vehicle access is limited to one mile from the northwest entrance to the Loomis Plaza and one mile from the southwest entrance to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. The section of highway between Loomis Plaza and Lassen Peak remains closed to all uses due to the presence of hazard trees along the roadway. The eight-mile section between Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Lassen Peak parking area is open for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing.
“The park and its partners are continuing to repair and stabilize areas impacted by the Dixie Fire that may be susceptible to the inclement weather,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson.
The eastern portion of the park affected by the Dixie Fire including Butte Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake areas remain closed. Precipitation is dampening fire activity, however fire can continue to smolder under snow and wet needle mats. Please Stay Out & Stay Safe to protect yourself and protect your park.
Manzanita Lake Campground loops A and B remain open for first-come, first-served camping until snow closure. No drinking water is available; the dry camping fee is $15. Fires are now permitted within designated campfire rings.
Camping in self-contained vehicles, such as motorhomes and trailers, is permitted in the Southwest Area parking lot. Fires and fire pans are not permitted; self-contained barbecues and gas stoves are allowed. Drinking water and restrooms are available inside the visitor center. The winter camping fee is $10.
(Horseshoe Lake--in the heart of the burn area from the Dixie fire.)
Eight trails remain open in the park. All other trails, including Bumpass Hell, are closed due to effects of the Dixie Fire. Open trails in the Southwest Area include Brokeoff Mountain, Ridge Lakes and Lassen Peak. Open trails in the Manzanita Lake Area include Manzanita Lake Loop, Manzanita Creek, Reflection Lake, Lily Pond Trail, Crags Lake, and a portion of the Nobles Emigrant Trail between Manzanita Lake and Sunflower Flat. The entire park remains closed to backcountry camping.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open 9 am to 5 pm every day through 10/31, then Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday) through the winter/spring snow season. Loomis Museum is open 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday until 10/31 when the museum closes for the winter season. The park entrance fee for a vehicle is $30. The winter entrance is fee is $10 between December 1 and April 15.