People never believe in volcanoes until the lava actually overtakes them.George Santayana
About the Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park is tucked away in the beautiful wilderness of Northern California and is home to steaming fumaroles, boiling mud pots, and numerous volcanoes. Lassen Peak is the park’s centerpiece and the largest plug dome volcano in the world.
Check out the view from the top of Lassen Peak!
Live it up!
Best Things to do in the Park
- Climb Lassen Peak, one of the largest plug dome volcanoes in the world. It was the highlight of our trip there with amazing 360 degree views
- Hike to the largest geothermal area of the park called Bumpass Hell
- Go stargazing in another wonderful dark sky area
- See the turquoise waters of Lake Helen
- Take the 30-mile Scenic Drive on the eastern side of the park
- Go for a horseback ride at a guest ranch
John woke one morning before the sun came up to hike to Lassen Peak. It was summer, but the snow was still on the ground. From the top of the 10,457-foot volcano, there were views in all directions, including Mt. Shasta. Bev enjoyed the lower levels with the beautiful lake.
Size of Park
There are 4 types of volcanoes found in the world and Lassen Volcanic National Park has all of them. They are shield, plug dome, cinder cone and composite.
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