If you’re looking for a truly extraordinary place to explore nature and the outdoors, you won’t be disappointed with what awaits you at California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. Located in Northern California between Sacramento and the Oregon/California border, this expansive park features an area of active volcanism, replete with boiling mudpots, churning hotsprings, and fumaroles spewing the stench of sulfur into the air. Despite the unpleasant smell, this park holds a particular significance as one of the few places on Earth that holds all four types of volcanoes: plug dome, cinder cone, shield, and strato.
Mount Lassen is the focal point of Lassen Volcanic National Park, holding its place mightily as the world’s largest plug volcano. Visitors to the park can marvel at the diverse terrain found within the park, including cinder cones dotting a vast lava plateau at over a mile above sea level, and thick expanses of pine and fir forest that stretch out in every direction. Several geothermal areas throughout the park encompass the aforementioned mudpots, hotsprings, and fumaroles, and large meadows filled with wildflowers can be enjoyed in the summer months.
Winter conditions in the park are extreme, and therefore not well-suited for visitors in the colder months. Lassen Volcanic National Park receives more precipitation than anywhere else in the Cascade Mountain Range south of the Three Sisters, and it is not unusual for snow accumulation to reach up to 12 meters on the road near Lake Helen. Patches of snow and snowbanks can persist in the area well into July, if not year round.
Check out this video of some of the otherworldly sights you’ll see on your visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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