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.
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