Things to Do and See While Lodging at The St. Bernard Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Lodge
The St. Bernard Lodge and surrounding area of Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lake Almanor have so much to offer for those who love the outdoors from hiking and horseback riding to fishing and camping to photography and geology. We suggest a 3 night stay to see the area if at all possible in your travel plans. Many guests come back to this area year after year just to see more.
Day 1 - Visit the new Visitor Center at the south Entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The Visitor Center has been named Kohm Yah-mah-nee which is the Mt. Maidu name for Snowy Mountain (Lassen Peak). The Visitor Center has an auditorium showing a short film of Park history and sights. There are hands-on interpretive exhibits and displays for all ages. The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am - 5:00pm and will give you a great overview of the Park. The Park Rangers can give you up-to-date information on trail conditions. This building is believed to be the first LEED-certified visitor center in the National Park Services.
Depending on your interests choose several of the hikes off the main road. Return to the lodge for a soak in our hot tub and a great dinner.
Day 2 - Visit the South East corner of Lassen Volcanic Park and Drakesbad Guest Ranch. To enjoy the hike in this area you do not need reservations; however, reservations are required in advance for horseback riding, lunch or dinner.
If you have reservations for a meal we suggest staying to soak in the mineral hot spring pool.
Day 3 - Spend some time on Lake Almanor or Butte Lake. Lake Almanor has year-round fishing and boat and jet ski rentals in the summer. Butte Lake is smaller and quieter than Lake Almanor and is a great location for picnics, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
If the water does not interest you there is still the North East Corner of Lassen Park where you can hike Cinder Cone. Stroll Chesterís museumís and gift shops. Chester has the last log cabin library in California.
Horseback Riding Vacation
There are miles of pristine horseback riding trails which are accessible from our Lodge. We offer very affordable horse boarding rates in our stables.
Lassen and Lake Almanor Fishing
For the angler, we offer stream fishing in Deer Creek minutes from the lodge. We can tell you the best spots to try. The Lodge is also minutes away from Lake Almanor.
Lassen Cross Country Skiing
During the winter months when the snow is falling, which fortunately for us runs about 4-6 months of the year, there are dozens of cross country ski and snowmobile trails that are accessible from the Lodge or from Lassen or Lake Almanor.
Lassen Wine Tasting
St. Bernard Lodge understands the tastes and desires of the travelers that stay with us. After spending a day of hiking, skiing, fishing, horseback riding or photographing the fumaroles of the Lassen Peak plug dome, bring your family and group back to the Lodge to enjoy a fantastic wine tasting experience courtesy of Agua Dulce Wine Adventures.
Please contact Sharon at St. Bernard Lodge for more details: 530.258.3382.
Lassen Horseback Riding
Hay Meadow Trail in the Caribou Wilderness
South Caribou Lakes Loop Trail is a 10 mile loop encompassing seven lakes: Beauty Lake, Posey Lake, Long lake, and 4 Hidden Lakes (Read More)
Pacific Crest Trail to Drakesbad Inn
This is a 10 mile round trip ride along the Pacific Crest Trail, from Little Willow Lake to the historic Drakesbad Inn in Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's a 5-star destination ride that's suitable for intermediate and advanced riders with good navigational skills. (Read More)
Northern California and Oregon National Parks:
Crater Lake, Redwood, Yosemite, Mt. Lassen Volcanic
The St. Bernard Lodge offers bed and breakfast lodging in the heart of Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lake Almanor. We are located just minutes west of Chester/Lake Almanor on scenic Highway 36 which serves as the dividing line between the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges.
For 80 years, St. Bernard Lodge has been accommodating American and European National Park travelers seeking a hearty meal, cozy room, or a refreshing beverage en route to nearby Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park or Lake Almanor from San Francisco, Sacramento, Redding, Chico, Red Bluff, Fort Bragg, Lake Tahoe, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Yosemite National Park in east central California, and Redwood National and State Parks on the northern California coastline.
Nearby Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park offers over 100 miles of hiking trails, lakes and waterfalls - not to mention an active volcano with a world famous plug dome and stinking fumaroles!
Nearby Lake Almanor offers diverse summer boating activities and in the winter months visitors can enjoy snowmobiling, cross country skiing, Christmas tree cutting, and snowshoeing.
Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon is only a day's drive to St. Bernard Lodge and Lassen Volcanic National Park and offers magnificent mountain vistas, backcountry camping and hiking in old growth forests, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The most popular attraction, however, is Crater Lake, a caldera known for its deep blue color, impeccable water clarity and the Old Man of the Lake - a full-sized tree that has bobbed in the middle of the Lake for over 100 years.
Yosemite National Park in the eastern central region of northern California is just over a 6 hour drive to Lassen Volcanic National Park and was made famous by the photographer and naturalist Ansel Adams who photographed and enjoyed its 100 trails, waterfalls, giant sequoia groves and wildflowers. The most popular attractions, however, are the large scale granite cliffs that typify geologic grandiosity and immeasurable power over thousands of years past in northern California: El Capitan, Half Dome, Staircase Falls, Sentinel Fall, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Nevada Fall, and Glacier Point.
Redwood National and State Parks is just a bit over a half days drive to Lassen Volcanic National Park and, similar to Yosemite, offers a view into the awesome strength, power and creativity of nature. Up and down the northern California coastline, giant Redwoods adorn the forest rising as high as 300 feet.
Call us at 530.258.3382 to reserve or feel free to reserve online.