Why Go to Lassen Volcanic?

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A chain of active volcanoes stretches parallel with the Pacific coast, from Washington into northern California. Lassen Volcanic National Park contains one of these volcanoes, and visitors can see evidence of past eruptions throughout the park. Some main reasons for including Lassen Volcanic in your California plans are as follows:

1. Lassen Peak dominates the landscape here. It last erupted in 1917, but is considered active and could erupt again at any time.

Lassen Peak above Kings Creek

Lassen Peak above Kings Creek

2. There are also interesting geothermal areas within the park which can be accessed via park trails. One of the most unusual sections is known as Bumpass Hell.

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

3. There are many other activities available at the park, but Lassen Peak looms over everything.

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake

 

 

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