A WEEKEND OF FUNKY FUMAROLES* & BUBBLING LAKES AT LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK

WHY LASSEN VOLCANIC
NATIONAL PARK?

Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP) is an under-rated geological gem. It's never as crowded as Yosemite, and every rock in the park is made from volcanoes 😱.

You can find all four types -- shield, composite, cinder cone, and plug dome volcanoes -- within the park. It's a high altitude destination so you're guaranteed rare and stunning views. 

· Directions To Park

· Current Park Road and Trail Conditions

· LVNP Trail Map

TRIP · 3-day car camping trip

FOR · Friends & new campers 

VIBE · Chill & easy campout
COST · $ - $$

DRIVE · 4.5 hours from SF

IDEAL DATES · June -- October
PETS · Not allowed on trails

RESERVE A SWEET SPOT AT MANZANITA LAKE CAMPGROUND

Manzanita Lake Campground is decked with restrooms, hot showers, drinking water, a dump station, camp store (that sells ice & firewood), and a laundromat on site. 

You can reserve a campsite for tents, trailers, and RVs, along with group campsites and rustic camping cabins.

 

Make a reservation ASAP! Campsites do get swooped up between June and September. 

 

· Manzanita Lake Campground Map

Nightly Fee: $26 

CAMP

EACH CAMPSITE COMES WITH A:

- Picnic table

- Food storage locker (for 🐻)

- Fire ring & grate

- Two parking spots

- Enough space for about three tents

STUFF YOU
NEED TO KNOW

🚘 LVNP's vehicle entrance fee is $30.

    It's good for 7 days.

⛺ Print or take a screenshot of your

    campsite reservation

😷 Face masks & social distancing are

    required. Recreate responsibly!

💵 Bring cash just in case

🪵 Buy firewood locally

 
SUNDAY

A 3-mile round trip hike to a 16-acre basin of plopping mudpots, bubbling pools, and roaring steam vents.

 
ESSENTIALS
CLOTHING
ACCESSORIES

GEAR

ITINERARY

Meetup

Food stop

 ·    Depart SF by 11AM

 ·    La Fortuna Bakery - 669 F St, Williams, CA
      Locals love their Mexican food!

Last pit stop

Arrive at

Lassen Volcanic

National Park

Cruise along 

LVNP's Scenic Highway

Arrive at Manzanita Lake Campground

Campout

 ·    Antelope Valero - 615 Antelope Blvd, Red Bluff, CA

 ·    Enter LVNP's Southwest Entrance via Hwy 89

      - Pay $30 for a 7-day vehicle entrance fee      

      - Drive to Bumpass Hell Trail (it's typically open from June -

       October, but check LVNP's website.) It's a 3-mile round

       trip hike to the largest hydrothermal area in the park. 

 ·   It's a 30-mile, hour-long drive (without stops) to Manzanita

     Lake, but check out some roadside highlights, like Lassen

     Peak Viewpoint, along the way.  

 ·   Settle in and set up camp!

 ·   Enjoy dinner, roast s'mores & stargaze

HIKES

 
FRIDAY

Dinner

CAMPFIRE MAC N' CHEESE

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Vegetarian recipes

Dessert

S'MORES

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Gluten-free recipes

FOOD

BE BEAR AWARE 🐻  

LVNP is a year-round home to black bears. Pack food, trash, drinks & scented items into your campsite's storage locker when you're away and/or catching some zzz's. Learn more about bear safety.

CAMPING IS COMMUNAL

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LAST UPDATED: March 28, 2021

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