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Redding to Quincy - will Hwy 89 be closed in early June?

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Redding to Quincy - will Hwy 89 be closed in early June?

Any idea when 89 opens up? We will be in the area the first week in June.

We are driving east on 44 (in order to see a bit of Lassen) and then trying to go south on 89 towards Quincy - do you think I will have to drive north on 44 and follow it around the park?

I don't know the area so an alternate route would be fine. We are coming from the Redding area trying to find a scenic route (~7 hours driving max) to Bridgeport which is near Mono Lake.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Redding to Quincy - will Hwy 89 be closed in early June?

It doesn't look like the road will open any time soon. On May 21 they posted that it would be another 5 weeks of plowing:


If you want to see a bit of Lassen then you would have to take 44 but instead of taking 36 out of Susanville to Quincy head south on 395 from Susanville to Bridgeport.

Or head south on 5 to Red Bluff, to 36 then you could go as far as possible north on 89 see what you can and back track to 36 and then head to Quincy.

Edited: 30 May 2010, 19:30
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2. Re: Redding to Quincy - will Hwy 89 be closed in early June?

Lassen has one of the longest winter closures and shortest actual visitor seasons of any park in California. Even the Yosemite high country is typically more accessible for more of the year than most of Lassen.

The Hwy 44 itinerary will get you to the park visitor center in a beautiful historic stone building, and to Manzanita Lake. Another way to see part of it, particularly the volcanic origins, is to go from Redding to Red Bluff then east on Hwy 36 to the south park entrance.

There is a new visitor center at the south end of the park--I haven't seen it yet so can't comment on it. Just a couple miles past the entrance is Sulphur Works. The highway is usually plowed to that point in winter. Sulphur Works is an area of very visible (and audible and aromatic) volcanic activity. It is really just a hint of what is going on under Mt. Lassen, which last erupted in 1915. You'll see steam vents, bubbling mud, and rocks in vivid colors from the minerals. You'll smell the delicious sulphur vapors and hear crackling and hissing that sound like the hinges of Hades overheating.

The best volcanic activity in the park is farther in at Bumpass Hell, but when the road is closed, you can get there only with snowshoes. Sulphur Works is a good place to experience a bit of this. There is a parking area next to it and all the sights are a short distance from the road.

Then return to the south entrance and go back to Hwy 36 east for Quincy. From Redding to Quincy, including the side trip to Sulphur Works, is about 160 miles.

When you get home from your trip, rent or buy the movie "Dante's Peak." It's a fictional story set in a town at the base of a volcano in the Cascade Range, which includes Mts. Lassen, Shasta, Hood, St. Helens, Rainier, and Mazama, an extinct volcano so big that it contains the deepest lake in the U.S., Crater Lake.

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3. Re: Redding to Quincy - will Hwy 89 be closed in early June?

Thank you, both, for your suggestions! I am leaning towards taking hwy 36 since that sounds the most interesting - thanks, again!

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