Lassen Volcanic National Park

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General Information

The main feature of Lassen National Volcanic Park is Lassen Peak which is a volcano. The peak was named after Peter Lassen who was one of the early western settlers of the area and a guide for later settlers on their way to Northern California.


We currently do not have any record of trailheads in this park.

Routes and Trails You Can Travel

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One of the popular trails is the Nobles Emigrant Trail. It was cut through the park area and passed Cinder Cone and the Fantastic Lava Beds. Before people used it for recreation, was used by early settlers of the area who were traveling west into California.

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Thousands of years ago, Lassen Peak was an active and erupting volcano. Many parts of Northern California are spattered with patches of rough land and terrain. That is a result of active volcanoes that would erupt and spew lava that is now the ground in many places.

Human history of the area starts with the rich culture and traditions of the native people who inhabited the land before western settlers arrived. Lasses Peak is a large part of the folklore and mythology of the native people's history.

Western settlers came to the area from a few different directions. Americans moving west in search of new homes and gold came to the area in large numbers throughout the 1800s. Lassen Peak was used as a landmark on their journey to Sacramento Valley.

One of the guides to the people moving west was a Danish blacksmith named Peter Lassen. Lassen himself came to the area in the 1830s.





There are many flowering plants at the park. Some of the common wildflowers include iris, spotted coralroot, pyrola, violets, and lupin.

Other Plants

There are many different trees, flowers and non-flowering plants at the park. The largest plants are the trees that make up the large mixed conifer forest. Some of the trees are Ponderosa, Jeffrey and Sugar Pines, White and Red Firs, and a few others.

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Past Hikes

Girlfriend Get Away: Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Northern California | 50.6 km away

Date: Saturday, 7-23-2011

Description: Get a chance to gain a solid foundation of backpacking skills while exploring lush meadows, alpine lakes, glacier fed creeks, and awe-inspiring mountains. The hiking itinerary is manageable, so we can enjoy ourselves in this gorgeous alpine environment! Go to: http://roamthewoods.com/Trinity.html for more details or www.roamthewoods.com

Girlfriend Getaway: Lassen Volcanic National Park Week Long Backpacking Adventure | 50.6 km away

Date: Saturday, 9-17-2011

Description: Come join us for the week in Lassen National Park. The southernmost portion of the Cascade Range will be our classroom for the week. Enjoy solitude and camaraderie in a back country few wander into, while reveling in the awe-inspiring geologic features Lassen is home to. Please contact the organizer for more details or visit www.roamthewoods.com.

Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb | 96.8 km away

Date: Friday, 6-7-2013

Description: The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb offers a ticket to stand on the summit of the second largest volcano in the U.S. Our team trainings and fundraising program will lead you to the top with guidance, training and tools for success. From the moment you meet your climb team through the end of your Mount Shasta journey, the Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb will be an unforgettable, transforming experience for you while benefiting the those living with liver disease. Benefits of our Liver Life Challenge program include: Expert Mountain Guides. Our Mount Shasta guides have climbed, skied, explored the mountain and are the local professional choice. They are skilled climbers as well as fun and enjoyable team members who believe in providing the highest quality adventure while helping you achieve your goals. Team Trainings. Sweat it out with fellow hikers and encourage each other to reach the summit. We make climbing a team sport!. Hote ....