Lassen Volcanic National Park Is Waiting For You To Impress

Summer is a peak season for most parks and there is no getting around to the fact that over-crowded popular spots tend to over-populate tourist favorites and sometimes dampen the fun. Lassen Volcanic Park has been an overlooked vacation spot in the northeast corner of California. Discover and appreciate the 30-mile Lassen Volcanic road (route 89) that takes you past lakes, forests, and black soil scenery.

Come and explore the beauty of Lassen Volcanic landscape with its smashing volcanic fire, carved by glaciers, and filled with a variety of plants and animals. Native Americans once inhabited the Lassen Volcanic peak area many thousands of years ago.  So why not follow in the footsteps of our Native Americans, pioneers, miners, and artists and experience history while hiking the great Lassen Volcanic Park. Experience what it is like during the days of the Native Americans as you take the same trail they did thousands of years ago. I can guarantee that even if you can hike all day on the busiest season and most popular trails, that you will hardly see 10 people in the vicinity.  That is why July or August would be an ideal time to go.  Another benefit in traveling to Lassen Volcanic Park is its ideal location.  Lassen Volcanic Park is not near to any other vacation spots.  So you would have to choose Lassen Volcanic as your vacation spot to find it.  4th of July and Labor Day weekends are typically the only times Lassen Volcanic is filled with crowds.  And even then, the population does not nearly reach those of other major attractions.

Archaeological research findings indicate that the Lassen Volcanic Park area was used regularly by the Native American people.  Areas of work sites have been found throughout the park. During the summer months at Lassen Volcanic Park, members of the Atsugewi tribe demonstrate basketry, tool technology, and their cultural traditions.  The compelling story of "Ishi," the last survivor of the Yahi people, became popular from a TV movie based on the story of the last "free" Native American in the United States.

Lassen Volcanic Park marks the south end of the Cascades, a mountain range that extends through the Pacific Northwest into the British Columbia.  The 106,000 acres Lassen Volcanic National Park is unique for its geothermal features:  geysers, mud pools, and hot springs.  Additionally, Lassen Volcanic National Park features dozens of lakes, hundreds of plant species, wide-open meadows, and a 10,000 feet dormant volcano that are inhabited by animals like bears and deers.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is filled with historical nostalgia.  The California gold rush that brought devastation to the wildlife populations throughout the mountains and foothills of northern California thankfully left the Lassen Volcanic region relatively untouched. Today, Lassen Volcanic Park is located in an area fairly populated and relatively light traveled, giving one the feeling of being in a national park twenty to thirty years ago. The numerous hiking and backpacking trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park are filled with natural history. The vast forests, mountain streams, fascinating geothermal features, and breathtaking views at Lassen National Park are more than ample sites that offers historic and cultural displays and demonstrations to suit any visitor’s interests. 

Another crowd pleaser and favorite is the 1.5 mile walk on an elevated wooden path leading to the bubbling mud pots and steaming pools at Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic largest geothermal site.  The Cinder Cone Trail is nice if you are out early in the morning before it gets too warm.  The views of Butte Lake, Lassen Peak, and dunes colored in trippy browns, reds, and white are all worth the trip.  Experience the great out door and see the beauty of nature at Lassen Volcanic Park and don’t be like one of the many thousands of other tourists who does what everyone one else likes to do.  Be your true self.

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