For three years, fire and rock burst into the sky, sending smoke and ash miles high. Almost 300 times over the course of 36 months, a boiling and churning cauldron of gas and white hot liquid earth exploded, scattering huge portions of the mountain, melting away entire cliff faces and completely rearranging the horizon.
After nearly 200 years of extreme pressure and brewing, Lassen Volcano finally gave in an erupted once more. The period of settling that followed slowly formed a whole new landscape in the Golden State, and the beginnings of a magnificent place of adventure and life-enriching experience. Thus we were given Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Lassen Volcanic National Park in the aftermath
Throughout time, the great exploded volcano at the northern tip of Sacramento Valley has been known by many different peoples by many different names. In present day, it is referred to as Lassen Peak, and to each and every one of us, it’s undeniably a miracle of nature. This immense and remarkable volcanic tower is the centerpiece of Lassen Volcanic National Park, a diverse and steepened world of rock, tree and water.
Since 1917, when Lassen Volcanic National Park took its current shape thanks to hundreds of continual eruptions, the park has enjoyed a long period of serenity and stillness. And it has become a place of wonder and tranquility for hikers, backpackers, fishermen and adventurers of all sorts. Offering up more than 150 miles of trail, Lassen Volcanic National Park has on display countless reminders of life renewed.
When visitors probe the depths of Lassen Volcanic National Park, they’ll uncover a bounty of opportunities for exploration, from trout fishing in one of 51 lakes to scenic walks among the underground cauldrons of Sulphur Works and Bumpass Hell. There’s a surplus of activity at Lassen Volcanic National Park, so plan your trip while the rock is hot!