Winter has come to Lassen Volcanic National Park. File photo

Lassen Volcanic Highway closes to through traffic for winter season

Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway is closed to through traffic for the winter/spring snow season. Autumn storm events are continuing to bring rain, snow, and ice to the high-elevation roadway.

Lassen Volcanic National Park remains open throughout the winter/spring snow season. Vehicle access is limited to 1 mile from the northwest entrance to the Loomis Plaza and 1 mile from the southwest entrance to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. The section of highway between Loomis Plaza and Lassen Peak remains closed to all uses due to the presence of hazard trees along the roadway. The 8-mile section between Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Lassen Peak parking area is open for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing.

“The park and its partners are continuing to repair and stabilize areas impacted by the Dixie Fire that may be susceptible to the inclement weather,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson.

The eastern portion of the park affected by the Dixie Fire including Butte Lake, Warner Valley and Juniper Lake areas remain closed. Precipitation is dampening fire activity, however fire can continue to smolder under snow and wet needle mats. Please stay out and stay safe to protect yourself and protect your park.

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Here’s information about post Dixie Fire closures in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Graphic submitted

Manzanita Lake Campground loops A and B remain open for first-come, first-served camping until snow closure. No drinking water is available; the dry camping fee is $15. Fires are now permitted within designated campfire rings.

Camping in self-contained vehicles, such as motorhomes and trailers, is permitted in the Southwest Area parking lot. Fires and fire pans are not permitted; self-contained barbecues and gas stoves are allowed. Drinking water and restrooms are available inside the visitor center. The winter camping fee is $10.

Eight trails remain open in the park. All other trails, including Bumpass Hell, are closed due to effects of the Dixie Fire. Open trails in the Southwest Area include Brokeoff Mountain, Ridge Lakes and Lassen Peak. Open trails in the Manzanita Lake Area include Manzanita Lake Loop, Manzanita Creek, Reflection Lake, Lily Pond Trail, Crags Lake, and a portion of the Nobles Emigrant Trail between Manzanita Lake and Sunflower Flat. The entire park remains closed to backcountry camping.

The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Oct. 31, then Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday) through the winter/spring snow season.

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The Loomis Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday until Oct. 31 when the museum closes for the winter season. The park entrance fee for a vehicle is $30. The winter entrance is fee is $10 between Dec. 1 and April 15.

Enjoy your visit to Lassen Volcanic in the winter season by being prepared. Check the weather forecast, dress in layers, and carry food and water. Stow a shovel, blankets, and tire chains in your vehicle and expect winter road conditions. Fill up your gas tank before entering the park; there is no gas available until May. The electric vehicle charging station in the Southwest Area remains unavailable due to impacts of the Dixie Fire.

For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, visit nps.gov/lavo, call the park at 595-4480, go to [email protected], or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.

 

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Winter has come to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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Here’s information about post Dixie Fire closures in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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