Mountain Cascades @ Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Volcanic National Park in Northeastern California may not be as popular as California's Yosemite National Park, but does not mean less beautiful. We went here for a vacation last summer 2009. Though most of California's National Parks would probably be filled with crowd during the summer, Lassen Volcanic National Park spoke to us beautifully in silence. We loved our stay here, and this is one of the National Parks we plan to go back some day for more hiking and exploration.
Lassen Volcanic is home to smoking fumaroles, mudpots,
clear mountain lakes,
largest plug dome volcano,
Frozen Lake Helen (in the summer) and Lassen Peak ( largest plug dome volcano)
steaming grounds,boiling turquoise pool,
cold water green pool,
among other many amazing natural features. The Park is situated at the southern end of the Cascade Range. The Park has great diversity of life because it is at the crossroads of three great biological provinces: The Cascade Range to the North, the Sierra Nevada to the South, and The Great Basin desert to the East. Despite its breathtaking beauty and amazing geological diversity, Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the least visited National Parks in California, perhaps, because the world has kept this beautiful park a secret. Though in my heart I wanted to keep the beauty of the serenity here and keep this park as California's best kept secret, but there is that part also of me that wanted to share this magnificent and inspiring beauty.
Park Location: Mineral, CA
Nearest Major Airport: Sacramento, CA (165 miles away) and Reno, NV (180 miles away).
Lodging Options: We stayed at Mill Creek Resort during our stay in Lassen Volcanic. The resort has restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are no hotels along the Main Park Road, but there are various campgrounds inside the park, and camping cabins in Manzanita Lake. Closest lodging are in Mineral or in Chester. For all other lodging options, please click here.
Other National Parks not so nearby:
1. Crater Lake National Park, OR - 249 miles
2. Redwood National Park, CA- 237 miles
These 3 National Parks can be explored in one trip, since they form kind of a circle, called Klamath Circle of Parks.