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Lassen Park Centennial Photo Blitz

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Take part in Lassen Park Photo Blitz

Help Lassen Park Document the Centennial Year

Lassen Park is asking for photos to capture the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and Lassen  Volcanic National Park.  As part of the photo blitz  the park is accepting photos until the end of the calendar year.

Lassen Park is conducting this Photo Blitz looking for current day photos taken in the same location, angle, time of day as historic photos they have cataloged.  First step is to print copies of historic photos and then re-create the image as close as possible.   Taking a photo in a different season than the original photo is fine.  If possible document the GPS Coordinates for future reference.

Hat Creek Bridge in Lassen Park Photo Blitz

Hat Creek Bridge Then



Hat Creek in the Fall

Hat Creek Bridge Now



Copies of selected historic photographs of Lassen Park can be picked up at either the Loomis Museum or the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.  For samples of then and now photos visit the online gallery.  For further information on what the Park Service is looking for please visit their photo blitz page and download the photo blitz guide.

Fall Colors in and around Lassen Park

Fall Colors from Mt. Harkness

Fall Colors from Mt. Harkness


The Fall is a great time to visit Lassen Park.  There are many hikes with great fall colors showing.  Cliff Lakes is one of the lesser known hikes that has knotweed with a rich red color.  One of my favorite fall hikes is Mt. Harkness up to the fire look-out tower.  From the look-out tower you have a great view of the Vulcan Eye on Lassen Peak, Lake Almanor and a view of the fantastic fall colors in the Warner Valley.


Centennial Parkcaching Challenge


While you are visiting Lassen Park this fall, take the Centennial Parkcaching Challenge.  Complete 6 of 11 challenges to earn a free commemorative carabiner. Stop at visitor center or download the brochure.  Once you have at least 6 of the challenges completed turn the brochure into a park ranger in exchange for your caribine.  The park caches will only be up until the end of October or when the snow requires them to be removed.






Lassen Summer Film Festival 2016

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Lassen Summer Film Festival July 16 & 17th

Lassen Summer Film Festival

Lassen Summer Film Festival





Lassen Park has scheduled  two days of films, screenings will be at both the Loomis Museum at the north entrance of Lassen Park and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the south entrance during the day.  The evening films will be at the outside amphitheaters at Manzanita Lake and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

Story Behind the Scenery ( 20 minute film) will show at 9 am 9:30 am 10am 10:30 am 11:30 am 12:30 1:30 and 4:30 pm. This is the normal film available at Lassen Park visitor centers.  The photography in this short film is excellent.

Film Festival screenings will start at 11:00 am both days.  The last film starts at 9 pm both evenings at the outside amphitheaters.

The films are divided into six categories; Astrobiology, Astronomy, Flora/Fauna, Recreation, Wilderness and Find Your Park.

Do you need help in planning a visit to Redwoods National Park, Lava Beds or Crater Lake.  Make sure to catch the short film clips on each of these National Parks.  Complete film festival  schedule.


Some of the films shorts that give you a deeper understanding of Lassen park include; Lassen Dark Sky Festival, Soundscapes at Bumpass Hell, Hiking Bumpass Hell  and Earn your Turns.

Make sure to visit the park website for updates on trail conditions.  Some trails still have large fields of snow.  Ranger-led programs are scheduled every day of the week until August 11, 2016.  Schedule is on page 10 of Park Newspaper

For more information please call the visitor center at 530-595-4480 or call the St. Bernard Lodge for general questions or to make a room reservation.

Audio Tour of Lassen National Park

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Audio Tour New at Lassen Park

Then and Now Audio Tour

Then and Now Audio Tour

With the help of North State Public Radio News Director Matt Shilts, Lassen Park volunteer Dave Schlom and park staff the park now has a 16 stop audio tour  is now available to download from park website.

The tour can be used in either direction along the main park road ( Hwy 89).  At this time the tour has 16 stops along the main park road.  It highlights the 100 year history of Lassen Park as well as covering many of the triumphs and challenges the park faces today.

To listen to The Then and Now Audio Tour  download as a MP3 file from the Lassen Park website or through Wi-Fi at both the Kohm-Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and the Manzanita Lake Camper Store.  Lassen Park is expecting this to be the first of many audio tours produced for park visitors.

Please call St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382 if you would like help planning your visit to Lassen Park.  This year is the centennial for both the National Park Service and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Resources  to help plan your vacation to Lassen Park are also available on the park website. List of other special events  planned for Lassen Park this year.

Digital version of Summer edition of Lassen Park newspaper with summer schedule of ranger led programs.  This gives you contact phone numbers for the park and brief descriptions of hikes within the park.

A great handout for first time visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

For maps of all our National Park units, this is an amazing resource with over 1,000 maps in one place.  From the site you are able to download pdf file images of any of the maps you find useful.



Lassen Volcanic National Park Centennial Events

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Lassen Park Centennial Events 2016

Centennial Events Brochure

Centennial Events Brochure Lassen Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park will be turning 100 years old on August 6, 2016.

The National Park Service will turn 100 years old on August 25th, 2016.

The Centennial celebrations will highlight achievements over the first 100 years of the National Park Service, as well as showcasing plans for stewardship of our 409 National Park units into the future.

The National Park Service has prepared a CALL to ACTION to prepare for a second century of stewardship and engagement of our National Parks by the National Park Service.


Free National Park Passes for 4th Graders

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Free National Park Passes for 4th graders and their families

Free National Park Passes for 4th Graders

Free National Park Passes for all 4th graders

As park of the every kid in a park program, the National Park service if offering free National Park passes for 4th graders. The pass is good for the 2015-2015 school year and through the summer of 2016. The pass expires on August 31, 2016.  This pass not only gets 4th graders into our National Parks for free, but also includes the whole family.

This is the time to get your kids outdoors and to enjoy our National Parks. The National Park Service will be celebrating 100 years of service in 2016.

Every family with a 4th grader needs to visit .  Let your fourth grader start their adventure online.  Hit Play and the adventure will begin.  Your child will begin a diary of what they would like to do in one or more of our National Parks.


After completing the diary they my claim their Free National Park Pass.  This park pass is worth 80.00 dollars and is good for the 2015-2016 school year and into the summer of 2016 until August 31, 2016.  The pass will need to be printed and presented at one of our National Park Recreation Areas.  Digital version are not accepted.

It is important to note that no matter where you live in the United States, there’s a site within two hours of your home.  Visit and put in your zip code to find sites close to you.  There are over four hundred  units and 84 million acres set aside under the National Park Service. St. Bernard Lodge is lucky to be close to Lassen National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park and several other wonderful sites.  Plug in zip code 96061 on the discover the forest site and you can find the many wonderful places close to the lodge.  Please call the lodge at 530-258-3382 and we can help you plan your trip while staying at the lodge and traveling to and from the lodge.

Close to the lodge you can climb Lassen Peak and see Mt. Shasta, hike cinder cone and look down into the opening of the volcano and view the painted desert, hike through a lava tube the Subway Caves and many more great hikes.

For specific details on the free National Park Pass for 4th graders please visit website.

Teachers of fourth graders

Free National Park Passes for 4th GradersTeachers of fourth graders can download passes for their students.  If you are a fourth grade teacher please visit  Every fourth grader’s family needs to know about this program.  The National Park Service has a great activity sheet that can be downloaded for field trips or parents visiting our National Parks with their children.  Activity Sheet.

Teachers of other grades

National Parks are America’s largest classrooms.  Find great lesson plans to use in your classroom or when visiting one of our National Parks. Sometimes schools closest to one of our National Parks forget about all the resources our Parks have to offer.  Please visit the resource page for our National Parks.  You can plug in your grade and topic and find great resources to use with your students.

 Free Park Guide

For both teachers, parents and grandparents please visit for a great information on our  national parks.  the site is full of great information and guides which can be downloaded.

Guide with 35 adventures for kids.

Guide with great overview of the National Parks

Celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service

As part of the celebration of the National Park Service the Centennial Project has been started.  This is a contest to find and celebrate the top 100 Find Your Park Sites.  Submit your story on one of your favorite parks. The top 5 stores will inspire Centennial Ambassadors; Bella Thorne, Rosely Sanchez, Bill Nye, Terrence J and Mary Lambert to create a project.

Grand Prize winners will also win a National Park Weekend Get-A-Way Adventure with REI and more.

There will be 45 first place prize winners and 50 second place prize winners.  For a list of prizes to be awarded visit the Centennial Project website.

 Lodging Near Lassen National Volcanic Park

St. Bernard Lodge makes a great choice to stay when visiting Lassen Park.  The lodge has seven rooms all upstairs with shared bathrooms.  The rooms by be booked individually or the entire upstairs can be booked by a group.  Special pricing for groups of us to 20 guests.  Call the lodge for special pricing and package details.  530-258-3382.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is a great California park to use your free national park pass for 4th graders.  Special ranger led programs in the summer, great fall colors, and a winter wonderland to play in the winter.  Learn to snow shoe with special ranger led snow shoe walks.  Great hills for sledding.


History Tours & Treasures – Lassen Volcanic National Park

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

MAY 2015

May History Month

Lassen-Feather River History Month


Lassen Volcanic National Park and communities in Lassen and Plumas County that surround the Park and the Lake Almanor Basin are working together to bring you a full month of special history related activities.

Between visiting the local museums and special programs planned during the month there is always time to just sit back and enjoy to tranquility and beauty of the mountains.

Take in a hike or two on one of great hiking trails in the area.  Lassen Park has over 150 miles of hiking trails within park boundaries.  Lake Almanor has a wonderful 12 mile paved recreation trail along the west side of Lake Almanor.  There are many other trails available in both the Lassen and Plumas National Forest and the Bizz Johnson Trail between Westwood and Susanville.

 History Month Begins May 8th in Westwood

Westwood Museuem

Visit the Westwood Museum

The History Month activities kick off in the community of Westwood on May 8th with an Italian dinner at the Calvary Chapel at 6 pm.  Proceeds will help benefit the Westwood Museum.  Marilyn Quadrio will give a presentation on the History of Red River Company and the building of the Lake Almanor Dam completed in 1914.  Cost for dinner and presentation is $12.00.

Grand Opening of the Westwood Museum for the summer season will be May 9th from 11 am – 4pm.  Entrance will be free for the day.

May 16 & 17th Greenville and Indian Valley History of the 1940’s

Cy-Hall Memorial Museum in Greenville

Cy-Hall Memorial Museum in Greenville


The weekend of May 16th and 17th Greenville will be featuring Indian Valley history during the 1940’s.  Local residents who lived in the area in the 1940’s will be giving 1st hand stories of events, including history from the Maidu perspective.


Greenville and Indian Valley will also have their famous Valley wide yard sale bonanza which has been a local favorite for over 25 years.  Usually there are over 30 individual locations participating, with special treasures to be found.

 Barn Quilt Tour of Plumas County

8 Original Barn Quilts of Plumas County

8 Original Barn Quilts of Plumas County by Nansi Lillian Bohne


While driving between locations take time to view the wildflowers in the meadows and the beautiful Barn Quilts located on many of the Barns in the area.  Local merchants will gladly share the locations of their favorite Barn Quilt with you.

Map of Quincy Barn Quilts



Peter Lassen Marker

Ca State Historic Marker No. 184



Look for the historic marker of Peter Lassen’s 1850 Trading Post.  It is State Landmark No. 184 and is located on the North side of North Valley Road about 4 ½ miles from downtown Greenville.

More history on Plumas County.



Young’s Market is inside a two story brick building on the corner of Main and Nelson Streets in Taylorsville. It is ell worth a stop just to see the working 100 + year old cash register.  The store also makes great sandwiches that you can enjoy on site or take with you for a picnic.

 History of the Eruptions of Lassen

May 22, 1915 Eruption of Lassen Peak

Lassen Eruption seen from Red Bluff, California


May 22, 1915, was the explosive eruption of Lassen Peak.  This eruption devasted nearby areas (much of the devastation can still be seen in the park 100 years later) and rained volcanic ash as far away as 200 miles to the east.  More photos of the eruptions of 1914 and 1915.

Honoring this event 100 years later Lassen Volcanic National Park has scheduled several special presentations by the USGS and park staff starting on May 20th and continuing through May 25th.

May 22 and 23rd there will be a special evening program 9:30 – 11 pm of Night Sky Viewing  from the Devasted Area led by park rangers.  Our National Parks are one of the last places to enjoy the night skies without interference of light pollution

Please visit the Lassen Park website for specific details of all the special events planned both at the south and north entrance of the park as well as at the Devasted Area for Memorial Weekend.

Other Memorial Weekend Events in Chester and Greenville

The Rotary Club of Chester will be hosting their Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Fair at the Chester Park, next to the Feather River.

Indian Valley will be hosting the Indian Valley Century Bike Ride on the 23rd of May.  The ride begins at the Greenville High School and has 3 different lengths for you to choose from.

Memorial Weekend is always a busy time in the Lake Almanor Basin. Make your lodging reservations early. Bikes, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Jet Skis and speed boats are all available to rent either in Chester or on Lake Almanor beginning Memorial Weekend.

 May 29th -31st History of the Early Days of Chester and Big Meadows

Chester in the early days

Chester in the early days


May 29th – 31st Chester has a full weekend of events planned for your enjoyment starting Friday night with a presentation on Chester and its Pioneer families with a special collection of photographs of the people and places in the early years of Chester.  This presentation will be given by the local historian and author of Big Meadows and Lake Almanor, Marilyn Quadrio.

Saturday morning Lassen Park staff will visit Chester with a special kid friendly presentation about Volcanoes.  You will learn about the different types of Volcanoes and where to find each type in Lassen Park.

Saturday afternoon take a self guided tour of Collins Nature Walk.  Visit Collins Museum for an overview of the Collins Family Lumber operation from 1855 to present day.  Terry Collins will be giving the presentation personally.


Olsen Barn

Olsen Barn

Old Town Chester will be hosting a Beer Stroll with proceeds to help Save the Olsen Barn on Saturday from 4-7 pm.  This is a great time to visit the one of kind stores in Old Town, visit the Olsen Barn, and taste some great beer.

Feather River Land Trust is in the process of purchasing 107 acres on the eastern edge of Chester.  With the purchase of this land the Land Trust will be able to save the iconic Olsen Barn, built by Peter Olsen, in the 1860’s.

Prints available for purchase. 

The Feather River Land Trust has met the first deadline of raising 65,000 by April 10th.  They will still need to raise another 781,000 by Sept 26th to complete the deal.    To make donations please visit the website for the Feather River Land Trust at:

Marilyn Quadrio will be giving a second presentation of the History of Chester’s Pioneer Families at the Memorial Hall Saturday afternoon at the Memorial Hall from 4 – 5 pm.

On Sunday come visit the St. Bernard Lodge and tour the Park Forty Interpretive Trail jut off the PCT.  Terry Collins will give guided tours of the trail between 1-2 pm.  Shuttles will be available between 12:45 and 2:30 from the St. Bernard Lodge and the Park 40 Trailhead.  Parking is very limited at the trailhead.

If you would like lunch or dinner at the St. Bernard Lodge please make reservations one day in advance.  The St. Bernard Lodge is also a great place to spend the weekend.

 Visit the St. Bernard Lodge for early history of the lodge

St. Bernard Lodge Then

St. Bernard Lodge Then



St. Bernard Lodge Now

St. Bernard Lodge Now







For more information on any of the events please give us a call  at 530-258-3382.  We will be glad to help you plan your visit to Lassen Park and the Lake Almanor Basin.

More details on each of these events can also be found on the Mountain Affairs website.

May, will be a very special month this year in the Lake Almanor Basin and Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Our mountain communities are looking forward to having you visit and learn about the local history.


Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park 2015

Monday, December 29th, 2014

 Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park is back again this year

When: Saturday January 17th through Monday, January 19, 2015
Where: KohmYah-mah-nee Visitor Center

Time: 10 am – 4 pm each day

This will be the third year for the Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park.  Plan your visit to Lassen Park to celebrate Lassen Volcanic National Park and outdoor recreation through film.

The Winter Film Festival will be featuring 6 full length films; Ultimate Mars Challenge, The City Dark, Tell it on the Mountain, The Great Vacation Squeeze, Glacier Caves; Mt. Hood’s Secret World and Ishi the Last Yahi.

There are also 13 different short films of 15 minutes or less. Please visit Lassen Park website for showing times and details on each of the films. This Winter Film Festival has something for any out  door enthusiast.

If you are not into watching films about the great outdoors you can simply enjoy the park and take in some great vistas while skiing, snowshoeing or just sledding.

Winter Snow Sports at Lassen


Bring your sleds, snowshoes and or skis to enjoy the winter wonderland of Lassen Park before or after watching a film.  Sledding is available close to parking area.  Short one mile walk along park road from visitor center to Sulphur Works is great for snowshoe beginners.

More advanced trails for both XC and back-country skiing and snowshoeing include McGowan Lake, Ridge Lakes, Brokeoff , Mt. Diller, and Pilot Pinnacle Maps of winter trails for Lassen Park  and Lassen National Forest.

 Earn Your Turns Video, great video of skiing the back-country of Lassen Park.

Lassen Park will be offering Ranger-led snowshoe walks on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Lassen Cafe will be open for the weekend or bring your own picnic to enjoy by the natural stone fireplace in the visitor center. Many visitors love to tailgate in the parking lot.

Monday January 19th is the first fee free day of 2015 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This is a great weekend to visit Lassen Park. It is your choice to be adventurous or just stay at the visitor center and enjoy some great films offered during the Winter Film Festival at Lassen Park.


Public Lands Day Special Events at Lassen Park

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

5th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen Festival with Free Park entrance in honor of Public Lands Day.


The Lassen Park Rangers, Lassen Association and Cal Parks Company have planned a fun filled day at Lassen Park to celebrate Public Lands Day.

Begin the day with a special Junior Ranger Program – Art in the Park

junior ranger

Earn your Junior Ranger Certificate

10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Amphitheater

Guests artists will be on hand to help you show how Lassen Park inspires you through drawing, painting, photography and writing.  Materials will be provided and you may submit your artwork to the National Parks Gallery.



5th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen Festival

Art & wine  Lassen

Art & Wine Festival – Lassen Park

11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Patio area of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center

This event keeps growing each year.  $7.00 tasting fee for wine tasting which includes a commemorative wine glass.  Many of the local wineries from Manton will be show casing their wines for your tasting pleasure.  Manton, California has just been designated one of the 225 federally designated grape growing regions in the country.  There are 11 vineyards and 7 wineries in Manton.

Local artists  and craftsmen will have their work on display and for sale.

Allison Scull and Victor Martin with special guest Stefan Schittke will be playing music from 1 pm – 4 pm.  Allison will perform on the guitar and vocals.  Victor plays the saxophone and sings.  Stefan in on the keyboards.

Allison and  Victor have played venues in both Oregon and California.  If you miss them at the Lassen Art & Wine Festival they will be playing again at the Manton Apple Festival on Oct. 4th at Cedar Crest Vineyards with the Midnight Band.

Special Author Book Signings

11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Lassen Association Bookstore (inside visitor center)

Four Lassen Association authors will be signing books.  Bring your copy or plan to purchase on at the Lassen Association Bookstore.

The Lassen Association will be offering special pricing on some items in the bookstore.  Great time to start your Christmas shopping, meet some great authors in person and support the Lassen Association.

George Perkins -Hiking Trails of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Ken Johnston – Legendary Truths: Peter Lassen and His Gold Rush Trail in Fact and Fable
Steven T. Callan – Badges, Bears, and Eagles: True-Life Adventures of a CA Fish and Game Warden
Tracy Salcedo-Chourr Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park


Artist in Residence Program Lassen Park

Digital Brushstrokes
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Auditorium

Meet Melissa Lockwood, learn about her experience as Lassen’s first Artist-in-Residence.  If you are interested in the Artist-in-Residence program applications are being accepted thru Oct. 31, 2014 for the 2015 year.  Melissa’s 7 digital illustrations will be on display for your viewing.

Solar Scope Viewing
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Front patio of SW Visitor Center

Come and safely marvel at our closest star through a solar scope and learn some surprising and interesting facts about the center of our solar system.

For many guests staying at St. Bernard Lodge this was a highlight of the Dark Sky Festival this summer.

Green Fire Film Showing
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Outdoor Amphitheater
Green Fire spotlights the efforts of Aldo Leopold, arguably the greatest conservationist of the 20th century. Learn about Leopold’s idea of a land ethic for a population facing significant ecological challenges and how this idea changed one man and eventually conservation as a whole.

Constellation Tour and Stargazing
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm | South Visitor Center
Join rangers for a laser-guided tour of the constellations along with telescopes pointed at planets, star clusters, dying stars, and distant galaxies. Bring jackets and a blanket temperatures are starting to drop in the evening.


Last minute lodging reservations still available at St. Bernard Lodge.  The Lodge  is only 20 minutes from the SW entrance of Lassen Park.  Three rooms are still available for Sept. 26th and 27th.  Make plans now to enjoy Public Lands Day at Lassen.

National Park Week 2014

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

National Park Week 2014

National Park Week was first established in 1991 as part of the National Park Service 75th anniversary. This year National Park Week falls from April 19-27th.  All 401 National Parks will have fee free days April 19th and 20th.  During the week many parks will have special activities for both Earth Day, April 22, and special programs for Junior Rangers.

Most Americans are less than 100 miles from a National Park.  Check your local National Park for activities and special programs during National Park Week, remember entrance fees are waived for the 19th and 20th of April.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is re-opening the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center on April 1st.  If you need lodging for your trip to Lassen Park please check availabilitly at St. Bernard Lodge.  Take advantage of our Spring special:  Book 3 nights and 25% off third night stay through end of April 2014.

If you are unable to visit a National Park during National Park week, you may want to watch the new movie “Bears” produced by Disneynature.  Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation  if you watch “Bears” during opening week starting April 18th.


Some fun facts about our National Parks:

  • 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasure
  • 17,000 miles of trails
  • 43,000 miles of shoreline
  • 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures
  • 100 million museum items
  • Largest Natinal Park is 13.2 million acres, the smallest .02 acres
  • Home to the largest trees in the world, the Sequoia Tree
  • Most important you are probably less than a 2 hour drive to one of our 401 National P




Special Events at Lassen Volcanic National Park for Summer 2014

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Highlights of Events at Lassen Park for 2014


Make your Plans to Hike the Lassen Peak Trail


Hiking Lassen PeakThe Lassen Peak trail is in its last year of a 2.5 million dollar trail  restoration project spanning over 5 years. It will be open to hike to the top of Lassen Peak on 6 weekends during the summer of 2014.

Once the snow is gone for the winter the first 1.3 miles of the Lassen Peak trail is hike-able to Grandview.  The trail is open past Grandview on the following dates:

The first weekend the trail is open to the Peak is Father’s Day Weekend  Friday June 13th – Sunday June 15th.

The trail will be open for Independence Day Weekend from Thursday July 3- Monday July 6.

The trail will be open for the Full moon in August from Friday, August 8th – Monday, August 10th.  The full moon is August 10th.

Labor Day Weekend from Friday August 29th – Monday September 1st.

The trail will be open during Public Lands Day, Sept. 27th.  The trail will be accessible from  Friday Sept. 26th – Sunday, September 28th.

The 27th will be a fee free entrance day to Lassen Park as well as the 4th Art & Wine Festival at the Kohmane Visitor Center.

The last opportunity to hike the peak in 2014 will be Columbus Day Weekend Friday, October 10- Monday , October 13.

Because of the popularity of this trail it is advised to plan for an earlier start if at all possible.

The Reach the Peak project began in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in 2014.  For details on trail improvement  and progress to date check the park website.   The park has produced a  Short Video on Lassen Peak  showing some of the great views, pictures of Lassen Peak erupting and highlights of the restoration project.


3rd Annual Dark Sky Festival  August 1-3rd


Bumpass-Hell-viewing-Lassen-and-Milky-WayThis is a celebration to showcase the Dark Sky over Lassen Park.  This will give you an opportunity to learn more about our Dark Skies and the great resource they are.  You will learn little ways to help save this resource you may not have thought of.

There will be activities during the day and into the evening.  Telescopes will be set up at Bumpass Hell parking area as well as other locations in the park.  Check back here later in the season for more details.  Basic video of event.

A complete schedule of events will be available early July at the park website

Some of the highlights from last year included a special Night Explorer patch for kids 5 to 12.  The patch is earned by completing activities in the Night Explorer workbook.  The workbook is available at both the Loomis Visitor Center and the Kohm Yah-meh-nee Visitor Center.

A ranger led Solar System hike along the Mill Creek Falls Trail.  You will learn just how far apart the planets in our solar system are spaced.  Much more fun to learn about our solar system while on a beautiful hike that sitting in a classroom.

You will be able to enjoy great views of the Milky Way, with laser guided tours of constellations, as well as telescope viewing.

Last year the Astronomical Society of Nevada helped out with this event and they are scheduled to return.  One of their goals is to encourage, foster, conduct and support programs on astronomy and related sciences for the education and enlightenment of the general public.

NASA scientists were part of the program, teaching about the exciting field of astrobiology and Lassen’s role in the search for life.

Guest staying with us last year all raved about this program.  Make your plans to visit now.  Availability for lodging at the St. Bernard Lodge.


Special Programs for the Kids

junior rangerLassen Volcanic National Park offers several programs just for the kids and a few for the adults.  Lassen Park offers a junior ranger program, ranger led programs begin late June and run until early part of August.  Most of the programs are 45 minutes in duration and are held at Manzanita Lake, Devasted Area, Summit Lake, Sulphur Works and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.  The exact schedule will be published in the park paper ” Peak Experiences” and later in the season can be found on the park website.

To get a head start print the Junior Ranger book now or it can be picked up at either visitor center in the park.  This version of the workbook is special, the front cover was designed by a local school student.

Lassen Park offers the Chipmunk Club for younger children.  The Lassen Volcano Club Card can be fun for all ages. To print the activity sheet.  Resources to help you complete the seven activities.

The National Park System has a way for you to become a Web Ranger from home.  Take a peek at the program now. This program is great for all ages and has interactive games, stories, and puzzles.  It lets you track your progress and earn awards while learning about out National Parks and Monuments.

Please check back often for more updates on special programs and events both at Lassen Park and Northern California near St. Bernard Lodge.  Our events page has other events scheduled in the area.  Room availability is just a click away.  We welcome your phone calls for general information on Lassen Park and the area surrounding St. Bernard Lodge.  Looking forward to hearing from you 530-258-3382.