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Lassen Day Trip, A Memorable Visit to the Volcanic National Park

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Lassen Day Trip

Lassen Day Trip, A Memorable Visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park

When you find yourself nestled amidst the serene beauty of Shasta Lakeshore Retreat, you’re already in one of Northern California’s most picturesque locations. But if you’re yearning for a taste of volcanic wonder and breathtaking landscapes, a day trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park is just what you need.

Distance and Directions

The distance between Shasta Lakeshore Retreat and Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance is approximately 72 miles, and the drive takes about 1.5 hours.  You will likely spend several additional hours driving through the park and seeing the many attractions.  To start your journey, head south on Interstate 5 and then merge onto CA-44 East, which will lead you straight to the park’s entrance.

A Scenic Drive to Remember

As you embark on this adventure, you’ll be treated to some of the most stunning scenery that Northern California has to offer. The drive takes you through winding roads, tall pines, and picturesque mountain vistas. Be sure to keep your camera handy for those spontaneous roadside photo ops.

Key Attractions in Lassen Volcanic National Park

  • Bumpass Hell: One of the park’s most famous attractions, Bumpass Hell is a hydrothermal area featuring boiling mud pots and steaming fumaroles. A 1.5-mile round-trip trail leads to an elevated boardwalk, offering a safe and up-close experience of the otherworldly geothermal features.
  • Lassen Peak: If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, hike to the summit of Lassen Peak. The Lassen Peak Trail is a strenuous 2.5-mile hike that rewards you with panoramic views of the surrounding area. You can also enjoy the sight of the Devastated Area, a stark reminder of the mountain’s last eruption in the early 20th century.
  • Manzanita Lake: This serene alpine lake is a perfect spot for a picnic. You can also rent a kayak or canoe to paddle around the clear waters. The reflections of Lassen Peak in the lake make for a picture-perfect setting.
  • Kings Creek Falls: The trail to Kings Creek Falls is an easy 2-mile round trip. You’ll be captivated by the sound of rushing water as you approach this 30-foot waterfall, hidden amidst the lush forest.
  • Sulphur Works: A series of bubbling mud pots and steam vents await you at Sulphur Works, right off the main park road. It’s a great place to explore the geothermal activity of the area.
  • Loomis Museum: For a dose of history and information about the park, stop by the Loomis Museum. Exhibits here provide insights into the park’s natural and cultural history.

Practical Tips

  • Before heading to the park, make sure to check the park’s website or visitor center for any updates on road conditions, trail closures, and weather forecasts.
  • Pack a picnic lunch, as the park’s dining options are limited, especially if you prefer to avoid crowded areas.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy hiking shoes, and don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.

A day trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park from Shasta Lakeshore Retreat promises a memorable adventure filled with incredible natural wonders. You’ll return to your lakeside retreat with your senses rejuvenated and a newfound appreciation for the diverse beauty of Northern California’s outdoor landscapes.

November 1, 2023

David & Lori Raun
Shasta Lakeshore Retreat
Lori:  Cell/Text:  (925) 200-6934

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