Explore a "new landscape" created when Lassen Peak erupted in 1914. Lassen Peak dominates this northern California region at 10,457’ drawing visitors to see what time has done to erase the cataclysmic effects multiple eruptions on plants, animals and terrain. Lassen Peak is only one of the many sights along this drive.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is a great place to visit – just don’t miss the surrounding region for scenic drives among high desert plateaus, alpine lakes, mountain peaks, vast meadows and pine forests. There are no large cities here (Susanville is the closest to being one), just innumerable hiking trails, camping sites, historic mines and low-key small towns.
The park itself offers visitors a chance to explore a landscape less than one hundred years old – the scene of several hundred volcanic explosions from 1914 to 1921. It is a landscape of contrasts between the dense evergreen forests and small lakes of the untouched lands and the barren lava dunes, ragged craters and steaming geothermal pools near the volcano.
Here, you can avoid the crowds heading to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe and Lake Shasta – only 400,000 visit the park annually (compared to 3.3 million at Yosemite).