Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway Opens for the Summer Season

The 30-mile highway through Lassen Volcanic National Park is now open for the season. Thanks to the diligent efforts of National Park Service and Caltrans road crews, the road has finally been cleared, allowing visitors to access the park’s stunning landscapes. However, visitors should prepare for winter conditions at higher elevations and potential delays due to ongoing road work.

In addition to the main highway, the road to Butte Lake is open. Warner Valley Road may open to the Warner Campground pending a final road assessment, while Juniper Lake Road remains closed due to seasonal snowpack, further road assessments, and repairs. Trails in higher-elevation areas of the park, including Lassen Peak and Brokeoff Mountain, remain snow-covered. The Bumpass Hell Trail is also under seasonal closure due to snow and ice. For current trail conditions, visit here.

Camping options have expanded with the opening of the Manzanita Lake Campground, cabins, and the Camper Store. The historic showers, restroom, and laundry structure adjacent to the Camper Store are scheduled to open in July following repairs from winter tree damage. The Butte Lake Campground is open, and the Butte Lake stock corral is scheduled to open on June 28th, with reservations available on Recreation.gov. Lost Creek Campground is open, and the Summit Lake North Campground is set to open on June 28th, pending hazard tree removal. However, Summit Lake South Campground reservations have been canceled until July 6th due to hazard tree removal.

The Southwest Walk-in Campground is closed for the 2024 season due to post-Dixie Fire hazards. Camping in self-contained vehicles is permitted in the Southwest Area parking area with a camping fee. Warner Valley Campground will remain closed in 2024 for further recovery from the 2021 Dixie Fire. Ongoing conditions and hazards assessments will determine whether Juniper Lake Campground can open this season. Drakesbad Guest Ranch in Warner Valley will also remain closed for the entire 2024 season due to ongoing Dixie Fire recovery. For all 2024 season dates and visitor center, museum, store, and café hours, visit here.

Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead, especially when visiting parks affected by wildfires. Learn more about visiting after the Dixie Fire here.

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