The National Park Service released its plan to begin reopening Lassen Volcanic National Park, beginning with a limited opening of the park’s highway next week.
Park officials will begin by opening the 30-mile park highway, Butte Lake road, Warner Valley road, and all hiking trails (except Bumpass Hell) on Friday, May 29th. All fees will be mandatory when the park reopens. At that time, they will also allow backcountry camping, which requires a free permit. Juniper Lake Road will remain closed at the park boundary due to snow.
On June 1st, Manzanita Lake and Southwest Walk-in Campgrounds will open to the public. Any other campsites will be opened on their scheduled date, which you can find here.
The Loomis Museum and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center will remain closed until further notice, but park updates will be posted outside each facility as they made available. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visit before coming to the park, as the usual assistance programs will not be available until further notice.
“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount,” wrote the National Park Service in a statement. “At Lassen Volcanic National Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.”
Great news from one of our favorite parks in Northern California! There will still be plenty of snow in the park, but much less than in recent years due to the paltry winter of 2020. Enjoy!