Yosemite and Death Valley may be California's two most iconic national parks, but relatively remote. Lassen is well worth your visit, too. It's home to wide wildflower-filled meadows and, as its name implies, an active volcano, Lassen Peak. Daring visitors can make the three-mile trek to and from Bumpass Hell; aside from its evocative name, Bumpass thrills with hot springs, steam vents, and rainbow-like soil formations colored by sulfur.
Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a wealth of activities that are as varied as the seasons of the park. Winter conditions often begin as early as October and persist through June or July. Be sure to check trail, rental apartment, and road conditions before planning a spring trip.
There are a total of five vehicle entrances to the park: the north and south entrances on SR 89, and unpaved roads entering at Drakesbad and Juniper Lake in the south, and Butte Lake in the northeast. The Park can also be accessed by trails leading in from Caribou Wilderness to the east, as well as the Pacific Crest Trail, and two smaller trails leading in from Willow Lake and Little Willow Lake to the south.
A large lodge with corporate stay apartments (the Lassen Chalet) and concession facilities formerly was located near the south-west entrance, but was demolished in 2005. A new, full-service visitor center was constructed in the same location, and opened to the public in 2008. Near the old lodge location was also located Lassen Ski Area, which ceased operation in 1992; all infrastructure has been removed.