This remarkable national park located in Northern California has a variety of hydrothermal features, including geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, steam vents, mud pots and more. Though Lassen Volcanic National Park is an endlessly fascinating place to explore, it’s essential to take the necessary safety precautions when visiting.
From mid-October through mid-June, the majority of the park is covered in snow. Though the park remains open year round, the main roads are closed due to the inclement weather conditions, leaving summer the best and most accessible season to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park. If you do choose to visit when the park is snowy, make sure to take the necessary safety precautions and have a solid plan in case of emergency. Beware of avalanches if you plan to hike in the backcountry.
There are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities in Lassen Volcanic National Park, but it is essential that you keep your distance and do NOT feed the animals. This prevents the risk of disease and protects the animals from becoming dependent on unreliable human food. Keep away from bears, mule deer, foxes, mountain lions, and raptor nests, should you encounter them in the park.
Altitude sickness is a concern, as the majority of the park lies at high elevations. Be sure to keep hydrated and bring your own altitude sickness medication just in case.
NEVER veer from the designated paths and trails around the hydrothermal areas in the park, as doing so can pose an extremely dangerous safety threat. The park’s geothermal features can present as solid ground when in fact they are just a thin crust with boiling acid bubbling just below the surface. Make sure to remain within the designated hiking areas at all times to avoid any accidents.