Dec 18, 2013 11:39 AM
With the Winter Solstice quickly approaching, the breathtaking drive through Lassen Volcanic National park is officially closed for the season, the park announced this morning.
“The highway is covered by a blanket of snow and the park has been transformed into a scenic winter wonderland,” announced Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. “The park is open throughout the winter and is a wonderful time of year to experience a different, quieter side of the park. Lassen Volcanic National Park offers unparalleled opportunities for winter recreation, including snow play, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.”
Although the main drag through the park will be closed, ranger-led snowshoe walks will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays in Manzanita Lake starting January 11 through March 23, weather permitting. Eager snow hikers can meet the ranger outside the Loomis Ranger Stations at 1 pm and come prepared for the winter endeavor. The walk allows adventurers not only a rare glimpse of the park under a winter blanket, but also instructs participants on the proper techniques of snowshoeing and safety tip for winter mountain recreation. The hikes are an hour and-a-half to two hours long and are open to individuals and families with kids eight and up. Infants and children in carriers will not be permitted for safety purposes.
Snowshoes are provided for a suggested $1 donation.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center will be closed to the public until March 31, with the exception of the vestibule and restrooms. The year-round entrance fee to the park is $10 per vehicle and is valid for seven days. An annual pass is $25.
To learn of park facilities, programs, trip planning, road status, receive updates, or check for current conditions, go to the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo, follow @LassenNPS on Twitter or Facebook, or contact park staff at (530) 595-4480 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday - Friday.