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Lassen Peak

Lassen Peak is one of many active and dormant volcanoes located around the rim of the Pacific Ocean in an area called the "Ring of Fire". Lassen Peak formed around 27,000 years ago as a volcanic vent on the northern side of a much older, much larger volcano called Brokeoff Volcano. The last eruption of Lassen Peak started in 1914 and caused sporadic eruptions for the next 3 years. The question is not if it will erupt again; but when.


There are many lakes inside the park, most of which are only accessible down dirt roads or by hiking trails. There are also several lakes that are accessible along the main road. To me, on of the prettiest was Lake Helen.

Bumpass Hell

Another of the most interesting places in the park is called "Bumpass Hell" after explorer K. V. Bumpass. This area has a variety of geysers, fumaroles, mudpots and boiling springs. These are an indication that there is still plenty of heat below the surface waiting to erupt someday. Follow the warning signs and stay on the trails, Bumpass, who knew the area well, lost a leg stepping in the wrong place.

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  • In a nutshell:An Interesting, Smaller Version of Yellowstone
  • Last visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park: Oct 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Ann75's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Great page with great tips and beautiful photos! It looks like an amazing place to visit!

  • JessieLang's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Nice page, Jim. I didn't realize there was no lodging in the park now. Back in the late 50s I lived in Shingletown, and I was earning college money cleaning tourist cabins inside the park. It also had a restaurant.

    Note: in 1914 my dad was living in Redding when Lassen blew. It is quite an experience!


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