Lassen Volcanic National Park officials have announced that they’ve finished clearing the park highway of snow, which allows access to hikers and bikers throughout the park. Complete opening of the highway to vehicle traffic is expected in the next week or two.
The road clearing in Lassen was much easier with little snow hitting Northern California this past winter. If it weren’t for the large amount of snow blanketing the region in April, the park may have seen a record-breaking early highway opening. But due to the fantastic April showers, the highway will see its latest opening to vehicle traffic since 2019.
Until the full road opening, vehicles can currently travel 11 miles from the Northwest Entrance to Devastated Area and 1 mile from the Southwest Entrance to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. If you’re willing to bike through the park in the coming week or two, you’ll get to see NorCal’s most underrated National Park with practically no crowds.
Of course, this year will look a little different in Lassen. Last summer, the Dixie Fire blazed through 60 percent of the park, including some of the most popular destinations in the southern region. Areas in the east and southeast portion of the park are the most heavily impacted including Warner Valley, Juniper Lake, and portions of Lassen Volcanic Wilderness between Butte and Juniper lakes. Most areas west of and adjacent to the park highway are anticipated to remain open with minimal visitor impacts. As of right now, the trails to Kings Creek Falls and Mill Creek Falls are closed for repair. Bumpass Hell Trail is open.
Here’s a map of the closures:
Are you ready for another epic summer in Lassen Volcanic National Park? For some ideas on your next adventure, check out The 10 Best Summer Activities to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park.