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When I’ve told people about the parks we’re visiting on our National Park to Park Highway tour they’ll nod in recognition for everyone until I get to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Then inevitably they ask, “Lassen? Where is that?”
|Sulphur Works bubbling and smoking|
Well I’m here to tell you. Lassen Volcanic National Park is in Northern California surrounded by the Lassen National Forest. It’s got thermal features similar to Yellowstone (although not as many), alpine lakes, hiking trails and snow even in the hottest months of summer.
The 1920 National Park to Park Highway Tour couldn’t even enter Lassen Volcanic National Park because no roads through the park had been built. That’s exactly what they advocated and I’m glad they succeeded because Lassen Volcanic was the most relaxing place to camp we’ve been to on this tour.
You’ve never been to Lassen Volcanic? Don’t worry, I’ll show you around.
|Lily Pond trail|
|Cold blue waters at Lake Helen|
|The snowfield we climbed to get to Lake Helen.|
|Thermal waters from the Sulphur Works turn these rocks yellow.|
|Baby L and Canada Geese|
|The Mountain Fam at Summit Lake|