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Highway through Lassen Volcanic National Park reopens Monday

The complete 30 miles of Highway 89 that runs through Lassen Volcanic National Park will reopen on Monday, connecting the northwest and southwest entrances.

Posted: May 16, 2021 1:27 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 11:05 AM

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - The section of Highway 89 that runs through the Lassen Volcanic National Park will be reopened on Monday after seasonal snow removal operations.

30 miles of Highway 89 connects the northwest and southwest entrances of the park and passes by Lassen Peak.

If someone just drives through the national park it would take at least an hour. There are several places to stop to view beautiful vistas and take hikes.

Lassen Volcanic National Park also offers a roadside audio tour for travelers. People can use THIS LINK to download the mp3 files or Lassen Audio Tours podcast before your visit. An alternative for travelers is to purchase an audio CD of the tour in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Museum or online.

Visitors can also print a park road guide at park stores or at the visitor's center and museum.

In 2021, visitors to the park were encouraged to recreate on the unopened highway, using snowshoes to travel the highway. Hikers, bikers and skiers have all been using the park for their enjoyment, but again drivers will be able to go through the park while on their holiday travels.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to more than 30 volcanic domes, numerous hydrothermal areas and lush mountain landscapes.

There is also a trail to the top of Lassen Peak, which is open seasonally. The Lassen Peak Trailhead is a strenuous hike of five miles round trip. The trail starts at an elevation of 8,500 feet and then rises almost 2,000 more feet before hikers hit the peak.

Lassen Peak is one of the largest plug dome volcanoes in the world. It can take 4-5 hours round trip for the hike from the trailhead to the summit and back.

Snowy conditions often persist on the trail through the summer months. Travel in the winter months requires winter backcountry travel knowledge and equipment.

There were 542,000 visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2020, despite a two-month-long closure in response to COVID-19.

The Loomis Museum at the park will be open Friday through Sunday, May 22 thru June 21, 2020, and then daily beginning on June 22, 2021. The Manzanita Lake Campground, cabins, and Camper Store will open on May 21.

A handful of walk-in campsites at the year-round Southwest Campground are snow-free at this time.

Additional campground opening dates include June 4 for Butte Lake and Warner Valley; June 11 for Lost Creek Group; and June 25 for both Summit Lake and Juniper Lake.

CLICK HERE to visit the park's website page for camping information.

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