Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo Journal

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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
Manzanita Lake
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.

Junior Rangers to the rescue.
Baby L and Canada Geese
The Mountain Fam at Summit Lake

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Author: Mountain Mom

Hi! I'm Mountain Mom. I live with my husband and three young kids in the mountains near Sundance, Utah. When we're not hiking, biking, skiing and camping, I spend my time doing Mom stuff and reading. Summer of 2016 we traveled over 7,000 miles along the US National Park to Park Highway.

2 thoughts on “Lassen Volcanic National Park Photo Journal”

  1. We visited Lassen many years ago. It was a jewel back then! Glad to know it has remained a treasure!
    Our children are all grown with grands, but I do enjoy reading about your travels!! 🙂

  2. Katie, Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading! Yes, Lassen felt like an all American summer getaway. It's like a secret sweet spot for camping, hiking, and boating. It was a great relief after the crowds near Yosemite.

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