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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.
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.

For more information see my Lassen Volcanic National Park Page.

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  • Updated Feb 2, 2011
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