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“Worth the time when in the area”
Review of Mount Lassen

Mount Lassen
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Owner description: This mountain is a beautifully rewarding hike for the novice.
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Not at the top of the list of National Parks you'd think of in California, but definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. There's not much else around for many miles so making a trip just to come here would only be practical if you were planning to spend some time camping and hiking. We had planned for neither as were were enroute from Crater Lake OR to the SF Bay area to visit family. As a result, ours was a simple day trip over from our campsite in McCloud. Had hoped to find more geothermal areas either near the road or closer in terms of hikes - we're southerners and the altitude does a number on us when hiking these mountain areas with altitude. Were able to do a shorter hike and of course saw the Sulpher Works area along the road. (note: if you have been here in the past and walked the boardwalk a the Sulphur Works area this boardwalk has been closed and removed. you can now only see a single geothermal vent on the southside of the visible hill near the parking area and a combo vent and boiling pool at the front of the sidewalk/road.

still cool up here, there was a good bit of snow still on the ground in some areas and we enjoyed watching a couple van loads of kids from some kind of school or church group play in the snow and pelt each other with snowballs.

beautiful and glad we made the trip over to see it - would i make another effort and come back? probably not unless i specifically put it on a hiking trip agenda and train in some higher altitude.

Thank ssbrandes
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

I have a very short list of the best outdoor places to visit in California. First are the redwoods, then comes Yosemite, Mount Lassen, Lake Tahoe and Mt Shasta.
This last weekend my daughter and I wanted to get away from it all. She just finished school for the year and we wanted to get to someplace spectacular quickly. We could have gone to any place on the short list except Yosemite, because we didn't have reservations. So we chose Mount Lassen National Park. Cost to enter the park is $10.00.
We stayed at Manzanita Lake which has the largest campground in the park. We had fun and took some great photos as we walked around the lake. Travel time around the lake is about 1 hour 10 minutes with breaks and plenty of time for pictures. The campgrounds were clean and well maintained. Cost per night at this campground is $18.00. Showers avail $$$ (other campgrounds in the park are less costly but more primitive. Each camp site comes with it's very own steel food locker to keep the bears away from your food.
We traveled through the park on a well maintained road with many pull outs and plenty of trails to explore. Most of the trail systems in the park are open, but the trail to Bumpass Hell was still snowed in. Park Rangers informed us all trails would be open by mid July.
If your interested in volcanoes, steam vents, fumaroles, and bubbling hot sulfur springs, this is one great outdoors area you must check out.

Happy traveling!

1  Thank FishinOregon
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

I was 53 years old when I hiked to the top of Mount Lassen. I love it at the top of mountains like this. The views are absolutely awesome! This hike was more of a grunt than the hike up Broke-Off Mountain, but still not bad at all. For me, the worst of it was nowhere to stop and pee! I never got to go until we made it to the top and I found a spot in the rocks.

Thank Jan501
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

As with all national Parks, this obviously would deserve five stars. However, with that said, it is far out of the way of anything. Certainly not as majestic as Yosemite Park, this park is worth a visit if you are in the area. I am glad I visited, but it's really just a lot of driving and one boiling mud pit towards the end of the park entrance as far as "cool volcanic activity" goes!

The volcano is very pretty to look at for a few. The good trails are closed most of the year due to snow. If you're really here to see boiling mud and volcanic geological stuff, make sure the Bumpass trail is open. otherwise you will be highly disappointed.

All in all, a nice place to visit.

1  Thank traveler4k
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

My girlfriend and I spent a half day hiking and checking out the north west part of the park. Because it still has a lot of snow on the roads the park is not completely open in early May but there is quite a bit to see and do. We hiked around a couple of lakes and didn't see another person on the trails (this is a plus). We had blue skies and then snow flurries…but no real bad weather and nothing to dampen our outdoor experience. You can drive in about 10 miles and then the road is closed w/ a locked gate. In late May the park will be completely open and the crowds will start showing up. I've hiked Mt Lassen to the summit before and its an easy trek kids, families and any one of any age who is in reasonably good physical condition can successfully complete. Be forewarned however, the park is doing their second year of trail work on the summit trail and they have a very restricted schedule for opening the trail to hiking all the way to the peak so check the website before visiting if you plan on making this epic (but easy) hike. There are plenty of campsites but reservations are a good idea as the first-come-first-serve camp sites are gone quickly.

2  Thank Randyfish
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