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by cascaderuss

Most people visit Lassen Volcanic National Park during the summer months when the park is "crowded" (I was told Lassen gets as many visitors in a year as Yosemite gets in a month). I suggest a visit in the winter, when a 10 minute walk on snowshoes gets you into your very own national park. The road is plowed to the southwest parking lot, a great location to begin your winter forays into the park. You need to bring your own snowshoes, and reading up on avalanches is a good idea if you are going into the backcountry. For snowshoe novices, I suggest following the park road as far as your body can handle (its all uphill going, and downhill coming back). There are marked winter trails going to Forest Lake and Ridge Lakes, the winter edition of the park newspaper has a 3-D map with the trails starting with the winter 2007/8 edition.

Address: Lassen Volcanic National Park - Southwest Entrance
Directions: from Red Bluff, follow 36 East 5 miles past the town of Mineral. Take a left (north) on Hwy 89 and travel 4 miles until you enter the park. In the winter the road will be plowed 2 miles beyond the park entrance to the Southwest parking area.
Phone: 530-595-4444
Website: http://www.nps.gov/lavo

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 26, 2007
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