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Campgrounds in Lassen Volcanic
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There is an entry fee to get into the park if you don't have an annual pass. Camping is about $24 a night for all spaces. The four campgrounds are fairly large and they only accept reservations in at least one of them. Bring your own wood or a good hatchet.
$20 per night; pit toilets; potable water avail (in summer only)
We ended up finding a spot in Loop E because this loop is tents-only & nonreservable, and our trip was a last-minute decision. Loop C is the best one though, if you can plan ahead & reserve.
Nice place to camp, even if the sites are a bit too close to one another for my taste. We stayed for 4 nights and did many fabulous hikes with our young kids. I was surprised by how many people came & stayed for only 1-2 nights, though. High turnover.
This campground seemed a little too "developed" for our taste, so we chose Summit Lake instead. At Manzanita there was a store, showers, a deli, and even a laundry facility! But I heard from some hikers that Loop D is tents only and was pretty peaceful. Hmm...
Beautiful campgrounds right by the lake. Lassen is like the Yellowstone of California, but without the crowds. From the campsites, there are a bunch of small lakes and ponds within walking distance, and it's pretty easy to drive around the park to the various attractions.
Don’t even think about jumping in the hot springs unless you want to be boiled like an egg. Some are over 300 degrees Fahrenheit; they come from an active volcano!
No need to bring kindling- there is PLENTY to find. Next time I'll bring my own hatchet though, so I can avoid buying the expensive firewood from the Manzanita store. There is a lot of free wood available, much of it too huge to fit in your fire pit: MUST CUT.
This is one of my go-to campgrounds! If you can get there by Friday night, Loop D for tents only is THE BEST. It's fairly peaceful for it being a campground, especially if you can get a site facing the woods. Lake Manzanita is pretty great since you can fly fish, hike around the lake (about 3ish miles all flat) and you can rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Staying at this site has a lot of creature comforts but is also an easy drive to the Lassen Peak Trailhead and Bumpass Hell. I'm a big fan of the soft serve ice cream at the camp store :)
This is a pretty rad campground! We stayed this past weekend (one week before they close for the winter) and we had to bring our own water as the spigots were turned off for the season due to the drought. We had site #55 which was very spacious and overlooked the trail to Cinder Cone. It's certainly a place that's quiet and much less crowded!
Not sure why, but the Manzanita Lake Group Campground comes up as the first search result. Anyways...this is my go to campground when I want to just get away. It's truly an undiscovered gem! Loop D is for tents only and is first come, first served, but if you get there by early Friday evening, you should be able to get a site! There's lots to do in the park including the hike up Mount Lassen (for those of you who have lots of energy), hike to Bumpass Hell (the geothermal area) or a leisurely walk around Manzanita Lake with one of the most picturesque views of Mount Lassen. Oh and the campstore has softserve (store only open in summer).
Lassen is a beautiful area up in Northern California! Plenty to do and lots of little hidden gems in this area. We did a backpacking trip here and was so well worth the 2 day hike from Butte lake to Snag. This is bear country so be carefully prepared to store your food and scented necessities. Either bring a bear canister or a bear proof bag. Also make sure you know how to hang the bags between trees. It took us a few hours to make sure ours was secure. That said, assure that you have atlas 100 ft. of paracord packed. While here, make sure to check our painted dunes and Cinder cone nearby.
This was the only campground in Lassen that was open at the time of our visit. It is a perfectly serviceable campsite in a pretty spectacular location and provided a nice home base for many hikes. The sites are not very private, but they are spaced far enough apart so even though you can see your neighbors they don't feel too close for comfort.
History of Lassen Volcanic National Park
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 fifteenth national park established by Congress, Lassen is one of the oldest national parks in the United States. It is named after a Danish blacksmith named Peter Lassen who used Lassen Peak as a landmark on a trek to the Sacramento Valley in the 1830s.
Inconsistent newspaper accounts reported by witnesses from 1850 to 1851 described seeing "fire thrown to a terrible height" and "burning lava running down the sides" in the area of Cinder Cone. Early geologists and volcanologists who studied the Cinder Cone concluded the last eruption occurred between 1675 and 1700. Minor eruptions occurred in 1914-1915 and documented artifacts and photographs are on display in the Loomis museum.
The Lassen area was a meeting point for at least four American Indian groups: Atsugewi, Yana, Yahi, and Maidu. Because of its weather and snow conditions, generally high elevation, and seasonally mobile deer populations, the Lassen area was not conducive to year-round living. Tribal descendants still live in the area and are valuable partners to the park. Members have worked with the National Park Service to provide cultural demonstrations and to help visitors understand both modern and historical tribal culture.