MINERAL – The road to Lassen Volcanic National Park is closed to traffic during the winter and the snow season in the spring, as autumn storms continue to bring rain, snow and ice to the road to high altitude.
The park remains open throughout the snow season. Vehicle access is limited to one mile from the northwest entrance to Loomis Square and one mile from the southwest entrance to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center . The section of the highway between Loomis Plaza and Lassen Peak remains closed to all uses due to the presence of dangerous trees along the roadway. The 13 km section between the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Lassen Peak parking lot is open for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing.
âThe park and its partners continue to repair and stabilize areas affected by the Dixie fire that may be susceptible to the elements,â said Superintendent Jim Richardson.
The eastern portion of the park affected by the Dixie fire, including the Butte Lake, Warner Valley and Juniper Lake areas, remains closed. Precipitation dampens fire activity, but fire can continue to smolder under snow and wet needle mats. Stay outside to protect yourself and the park.
Manzanita Lake Campground Loops A and B remain open for first come, first serve camping until the snow closes. No potable water is available; dry camping fees are $ 15. Fires are permitted in designated campfire circles.
Camping in self-driving vehicles, such as RVs and trailers, is permitted in the South West Zone parking lot. Fires and fire stoves are not permitted; free-standing barbecues and gas stoves are permitted. Drinking water and toilets are available inside the reception center. Winter camping fees are $ 10.
Eight trails remain open in the park. All other trails including Bumpass Hell are closed due to the effects of the Dixie Fire. Trails open in the southwest region include Brokeoff Mountain, Ridge Lakes, and Lassen Peak. Trails open in the Manzanita Lake area include the Manzanita Lake Loop, Manzanita Creek, Reflection Lake, Lily Pond Trail, Crags Lake, and part of the Nobles Emigrant Trail between Manzanita Lake and Sunflower Flat. The entire park remains closed to wilderness camping.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until October 31, then Wednesday to Sunday during the snow season. The Loomis Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday until October 31, when the museum is closed for the winter season. The entrance fee to the park for a vehicle is $ 30. Winter admission has a charge of $ 10 between December 1 and April 15.
Make the most of your visit to Lassen Volcanic during the winter season by preparing yourself. Check the weather forecast, dress in layers, and pack food and water. Store a shovel, blankets and tire chains in your vehicle and expect winter road conditions. Fill up with gasoline before entering the park; there is no gas available until May. The electric vehicle charging station in the southwest sector remains unavailable due to the impacts of the Dixie fire.