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Jun 19, 2016 - Happy Father’s Day!

I got up early and cooked Tom his favorite breakfast for Father’s Day, an omelet, toast, bacon, strawberries and coffee. After breakfast, we headed to Sulfur Works on the southern side of the Park for a ranger program. The Park Highway is open again. The new snow has melted at the lower elevations. I didn’t see any fresh, white snow near the road until we were above 8,000 feet. The ranger talked for 30 to 45 minutes about the National Park’s volcanic past and about what creates the geothermal features in the Park. We learned a few new...

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Jun 18, 2016 - A Beautiful, Sunny Day in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Yesterday was a rainy day. We went to the campground laundromat and did a few loads of laundry and then stayed home the rest of the day playing games, reading and trying to stay warm. Yesterday’s high was a damp 52o. Today was a beautiful, sunny day, but still a little cool. I wanted to go on a ranger-guided bird walk this morning but I overslept. Afterwards, we planned to go to a ranger program at Sulfur Works, but the Park Highway was closed through the mountains, including the section where Sulfur Works is. The mountains got about six...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Scenic Highway 299 through Shasta-Trinity National Forests

We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning. The trees were covered with snow and it was still coming down. It is just wrong to have to deal with snow on June 16th! By 9 AM, when we were ready to leave for the day, the snow had stopped and the sun was out. Tom had to dig out the snow scrapper and clear snow off the car. We went for a long scenic drive today, heading towards the coast. We took Hwy 44 back to Redding and then took Hwy 299, a scenic byway, west through the coastal mountain range. Hwy 299 goes through the Shasta-Trinity...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Warner Valley and Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park

We went to the Warner Valley section of the Park today. It was a long drive to get there. We drove to the southern end of the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway (about 30 miles) and exited the park at the southern entrance, then went about 25 miles east on Hwy 36 to the town of Chester. We stopped there for gas and coffee and ate our lunch in the gas station parking lot. We got phone and WiFi signals there, so we checked voicemail and email. It is another 17 miles from town out to the trailhead in the National Park. The first ten miles...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Butte Lake and Cinder Cone in Lassen Volcanic National Park

We drove to a different section of the National Park today. Manzanita Lake is in the northwest corner of the park. Butte Lake, where we went today, is in the northeast corner. We drove 25 miles north and east on Highways 89 & 44, stopping at the Hat Creek Rim scenic viewpoint. We could see snow-capped Mount Shasta off in the distance and there was a good view of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags. We took a dirt Forest Service road another six or seven miles to get to the lake. Before Lassen Volcanic National Park was established, Butte Lake and...

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Jun 13, 2016 - More of the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway

Today, we continued our auto tour of the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway, picking up where we left off yesterday. It didn’t take us finish. Our first stop was at Hat Lake, which was created during the 1915 eruptions. A huge mudflow blocked the West Fork of Hat Creek damming the water up behind it. Lahars wiped out all the trees and left a barren landscape behind. The effects of the eruptions have been covered up by the work of beavers over the past few decades. The beavers have left and the lake is now just a little pond. If the...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway

We spent today driving the 30-mile Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway, which was completed in 1931. We drove to the other end of it and started our explorations at the visitor center. We spent the rest of the morning looking at the exhibits there and learning a lot more about Lassen’s volcanic past, present and future. After lunch, we started back towards the campground, making lots of stops along the way, following an auto-tour book. Volcanic activity began in the Lassen area about 825,000 years ago. The Pacific Oceanic Crust is being...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Hiking in the Manzanita Lake area of Lassen Volcanic National Park

We did a lot of hiking today. This morning we hiked through the campground down to Manzanita Lake and then a little way around the Manzanita Lake Loop Trail to the visitor center. We crossed the park road there to hike the Lily Pond Nature Trail. It follows the Reflection Lake Loop Trail for a short distance before heading up over a hill away from the lake. We have a booklet describing things along the trail and identifying the different types of trees, mainly conifers. It was an interesting hike. The trail passes a marshy area and then...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

We continued north on I-5 today. I was surprised to see lots of rice fields in dry, drought-stricken California, since they have to be kept wet. North of Red Bluff, we got into the foothills and left the crop fields behind. In Redding, we turned west on Hwy 44 and climbed from around 450 feet elevation up to 5,880 feet at the entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. I’m not looking forward to the drive back down. When we got to our reserved site in Manzanita Lake Campground early this afternoon, it was only 67 degrees out. What a change!...

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Sep 25, 2015 - Our July 2015 adventure to Lassen Volcanic National Park

2015 was a drought year for all of California and Lassen was no exception. The snow level on the mountain was down. The lake levels seemed OK but the trees showed some stress. We camped for only one night and took a nice hike to over 10,000 feet for a great view.

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Jun 21, 2015 - Brokeoff Mountain (LVNP)

Mount Tehama, a strato volcano, was a thousand feet higher than Lassen and 11 to 15 miles wide at its base. After emptying its throat and partially doing the same to its magma chamber in a series of eruptions, Tehama either collapsed into itself and formed a two-mile wide caldera in the late Pleistocene or was simply eroded away with the help of acidic vapors that loosened and broke the rock, which was later carried away by glaciers. Brokeoff Mountain at 9,235 feet, is an erosional remnant of Mount Tehama and the second highest peak in the...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Lassen Peak (Lassen Volcanic NP)

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in northeastern California. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southern-most volcano in the Cascade Range. Lassen Volcanic National Park started as two separate national monuments designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907: Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument. The area surrounding Lassen Peak is still active with boiling mud pots, stinking fumaroles, and churning hot springs. LVNP is one of the few...

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