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Opportuntity to Bike Lassen Park Main Road without Vehicular Traffic

Monday, May 20th, 2013

A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits cyclists this year at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Due to continued road construction on Hwy 89 in Lassen Park near Sulphur Works, the 30 mile stretch of Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists only.  The road will be open May 28th to June 6th from the North entrance near Manzanita Lake to the South entrance and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center.  During this time frame vehicles will not be allowed past Sulphur Works on the south side and the Devastated Area on the north side of  Lassen Park.  The road is open May 20th- to May 24th noon for pedestrians and bicyclists per park ranger today.  It is not being promoted due to debri near Sulphur Works. If you are careful getting by construction at Sulphur Works you may bike or hike the complete 30 miles of Hwy 89 in the park.

Please if cycling is important to you contact Lassen Park at 530-595-4480.  Leave a message that you are unable to make it this year, but are interested for future years.  The park road has opened as early as May 10th in 2001 and as late as July 16th in 2011.  Once snow is removed it may be possible to allow bicyclists and hikers for 1-2 days before traffic is allowed.  To have this happen you need to make your voice heard.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the park and all the great views along Hwy 89  from your bicycle.  Hwy 89 runs 30 miles north and south through Lassen Park.  This Hwy has the distinction of being the highest paved road in the entire Cascade Range reaching 8,512 feet.
Hwy 89 is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway which many bicyclists enjoy each year.  To have the rare opportunity to enjoy the views along Hwy 89 in the park with only other bicyclists and hikers is something not to be missed if possible.

There is lodging and camping on both the north side of Lassen Park, (Rim Rock Ranch Resort), camping in the park, and lodging and meals at the St. Bernard Lodge 20 miles from the south entrance of Lassen Park.

If you have more than a day you may want to include a ride around the West side of Lassen Park and include Manton.  Manton has several wineries to visit.  A ride around the east side of Lassen Park could include visiting the Subway Caves in the Lassen National Forest.  South east of Lassen Park you have St. Bernard Lodge, the town of Chester and Lake Almanor.

A few great rides in the Chester area include; Last Chance Loop, Lake Almanor Recreation Trail and riding around the 52 miles of shoreline of Lake Almanor.   The Bizz Johnson Trail runs from Westwood to Susanville.  Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports has some artistic maps of these trails.  We always recommend riding the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail to our guests traveling from St. Bernard Lodge to Quincy.  It adds little in the way of distance and gets you off of Hwy 89.  The trail is 6 feet wide and paved.  In the height of summer you may have to share with hikers, but no cars to deal with.

Chico Velo Cycling Club has a June Adventure Ride scheduled for Lassen Park on June 8th.  Please check their website for details.

Coming up in the near future are two century bike rides in the area.  The first is June 15th and  is the Mile High 100 ride around Lake Almanor.  this will be the 31st  year for this ride..  The second ride is in Greenville and travels through Indian Valley this ride is schedule for June 22nd.

Some of the best back roads of Plumas County are included on the Barn Quilt Trail.  These routes get you off the main roads and allow for beautiful scenery and also stunning barn quilts.  More information on biking Plumas County.

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Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to traffic for Memorial Day Weekend.  Road is due to open to traffic at noon on May 24th and closes May 27th or early May28th.

We hope to see you and share our mountain with you.

 

 

Photography Workshop at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Lassen Association holding Photography Workshops July 19th & 20th and Sept. 6th & 7th

Photo Workshops at Lassen Park

 

Each seminar will consist of a combination of in-class and hands-on photography experiences in Lassen Park. The seminars will be taught be Terry Nathan.

Basic compositional principles will be covered enabling you to make compelling photographs spanning a wide range of natural subjects. Subjects will include wildflowers, geologic features and grand mountains views found in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The workshop will begin with a two hour class presentation covering the principle of lighting and composition. This part of the workshop will be on Friday evening from 6-8 pm at the Loomis Museum. The 5 hour field excursion will begin at 7am at the Loomis Museum on Saturday morning. Lunch break from noon to 1:30 pm. First optional session is from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. This session will allow for your questions and additional practice. A post photo-shoot critique session from 5:30m-7:30 pm also at the Loomis Museum. A second optional session is scheduled from 7:30 pm – Sunset. This will cover Sunset photography.

The cost for this 2 day photo workshop is $150.00. To receive a discount please become a member of the Lassen Association. Basic membership fees are only 25.00.   With a basic membership cost of this workshop is reduced to only $135.00.  Please visit the Lassen Association website for more information on membership levels and benefits.

For more information or to register, please contact Melanie Allen by phone at 530-378-1495 or e-mail at lassenassociation@yahoo.com. Information about this program is also available at either visitor center in Lassen Park. The Loomis Museum at the north entrance or at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee bookstore at the south entrance of Lassen Park.

St. Bernard lodge still has rooms available for the Sept. 6th & 7th workshop. We are offering a 10.00 discount for anyone staying with us for two nights and attending the photography workshop. Check our availability or give us a call 530-258-3382.

National Park Week 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Monday April 22 thru Friday April 26th 2013 is National Park Week. April 23rd is National Junior Ranger Day and April 27th is Volunteer Day.

 

Join National Park Week 2013

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Make your plans now to visit a National Park close to you during National Park week. During this week all National Parks offer free entrance.

Participating California National Parks include:

Lassen Volcanic                                                                                                                      
Cabrillo
Death Valley
Joshua Tree
Lava Beds
Muir Woods

Pinnacles
San Francisco Maritime
Sequoia Kings Canyon
Whiskeytown
Yosemite
Find a park near you!

National Park Week was first proclaimed in 1991

President George H.W. Bush proclaimed National Park Week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world in 1872.  Lassen Volcanic National Park was originally two separate national monuments; Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument.  These two monuments and surrounding area were declared a National Park in 1916.  The National Park Service was also created in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson.  Both Lassen Park and the National Park service will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016.  As of 2013 the National Park system has over 450 natural, historical, recreational & cultural areas throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Fun facts about our National Parks

84 million acres are designated as National Park land,  17,000 miles of trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic or prehistoric structures, 100 million museum items and 12,000 campsites. As of 2013 there are 398 National Parks.  There is at least one National Park in every state except Delaware.  California is host to the most National Parks in a given state.  Every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

Fun facts specific to Lassen Park

Find Yourself at Lassen

Over 106,000 acres, 150 miles of trails, only National Park with all 4 types of volcanoes, largest plug dome volcano in the world, southern most volcano in the Cascade Range, 779 plant species, 216 species of birds, 11 campgrounds with 496 campsites, 3 areas with stock corrals (Butte Lake, Juniper Lake and Summit Lake).  Lassen Park road is the highest road in the Cascade Mountains reaching 8,512 feet. One of the least visited National Parks, making it a great park to get out and explore without crowds found at some other National Parks. Plan you trip now to Lassen.

Find a park near you and take advantage of free entrance during National Park Week this April.  Call St. Bernard Lodge for special pricing for lodging during this week.  St. Bernard Lodge is only 20 minutes from the SW park entrance of Lassen Park  also within a few hours of Whiskeytown and Lava Beds. Whiskeytown should have spring flowers and Lassen will still have snow for snow-play for the kids, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. If you enjoy exploring caves Lava Beds is for you.  Get out and enjoy the Spring!

Bring your kids on April 23rd for National Junior Ranger Day.  Currently there are over 290 Junior Ranger Programs in the National Park Service.

If you choose to visit Lassen Park please make sure to stop in for a visit at St. Bernard Lodge.  Even if you are not planning on staying with us, call ahead and dine with us. To make reservations for rooms or dining 530-258-3382.

 

 

Explore Safely Trail Challenge Lassen Volcanic National Park

Monday, August 27th, 2012

 

Explore Safely Trail Challenge

Join in the fun and participate in the Lassen Park Trail Challenge Labor Day weekend. The challenge has three different levels; Explorers, Adventurer and Trail Master.
Complete one of the three hiking challenge levels to earn an Explore Safely bandanna.
Challenge brochures are available at both the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center and the Loomis Museum. You may also see the Trail Challenge Brochure online.
To earn the Explore Safely Bandanna the challenges must be completed between Sept. 1 and Sept. 3, 2012.
Call St. Bernard Lodge for dining reservations during Labor Day weekend. Bring your bandanna in with you. Will will give a free dessert with dinner or free coffee with breakfast. For more information on our lodge, or call 530-258-3382.
Come enjoy the mountains in Northern California this Labor Day.

Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival

Friday, July 20th, 2012

August 10 – 13th

Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival

 

 

Lassen Park has over 40 special events planned for the Dark Sky Festival. Some of the highlights will be stargazing with a telescope and constellation tours.  Perseid meteor shower viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

Hands-on astronomy for the  young and the young of heart including; kitchen comets, moon models, pop rockets, and more.  Film screenings of the critically acclaimed film “The City Dark”.  Astronomy tours, talks and treks. Tyler Nordgren will be on-site.  He is the author of Stars Above, Earth Below:  A guide to astronomy in the national parks.  Check park website  as date approaches for updates on activities.

St. Bernard Lodge has a few rooms left during the Dark Sky Festival, make sure to check our room availability.

The park is hosting Starry Night Ranger-led programs every Wednesday at 9 pm at the Devastated Area and Saturday’s at 9:30 at the Bumpass Hell parking area through August 12th.  Join the park rangers for a program on stars, planets and constellations.  Learn how to locate constellations in the sky.

Special astronomy program held at Drakesbad Guest Ranch on July 22nd and August 19th.  Mike Bennett, former director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific will be hosting this program at 9:45 both nights.  Get an up close look at the astronomical wonders of the sky as viewed through a telescope.

Check back for future blog post on special event Sat. August 18th at Lassen Park. Will include more stargazing, dancing, desserts, cocktails and live music. This event requires tickets, call 530-258-3382.

 

 

“A Passion for Lassen”

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

 

Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

August 25th, 2012

 

The Lassen Park Foundation will be hosting ” A Passion For Lassen” to benefit a variety of park uses on August 25th.  The uses include at-risk youth camping, rehabilitation of the Lassen Peak Trail, and improving on the historical and geological information for the enjoyment of park visitors.

August 25th is the 96th anniversary of the National Park Service and Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Lassen park was established August 9th, 1916.  Join Lassen and the Lassen Park Foundation in celebrating this milestone.

Special events for this celebration begin at 4 pm at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center located at the southwest entrance of the park.  There will be a barbecue, cocktails and silent auction beginning at 4 pm, followed by dinner and oral auction. Evening casual attire: Tickets $150 per couple, $75 per person

Tickets & Online Auction:

biddingforgood.com/lassenparkfndtn/auction

Auction items include a signed George Rodrigue silkscreen print, a private airplane flight to Carmel for a game of golf and lunch for four, a four-night stay in a luxurious vacation home at the Sunriver Resort in Oregon, a three-night stay in a deluxe cabin for six at Elk Meadow in Redwood National Park, a three night stay at Drakesbad Guest Ranch located near Warner Valley in the SE corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park, a day trip for four with lunch at Angel Island State Park, and a two night stay in a tent cabin in the Redwoods at Big Basin State Park.

To attend this event, get further information or to make a donation or add to the auction items please contact Martha McCoy by phone at 530-378-2600.  You many also visit the foundation website, lassenparkfoundation.org.

As the date draws near additional details will be available from the Lassen Park Foundation.

St. Bernard Lodge is offering a special 20% off second night booking for Foundation members or guests attending the benefit. Please call lodge directly to book room and receive discount.

 

 

 

 

100,000 For Lassen Volcanic National Park or Plumas Eureka State Park

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

America Is Your Park Campaign This Summer!

Vote for Your Favorite Park from May 23 – July 15

America is Your Park

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St. Bernard Lodge is asking you to vote for Lassen Park (b) and Plumas Eureka State Park. Lassen Park is in Tehama, Shasta, Lassen and Plumas counties.   Plumas Eureka State Park is in Plumas County.  Help us get both these parks in the top 25 favorite parks.  At this time only 3 parks in California are even in the top 25.

Coca-Cola is calling everyone out to the park this summer to vote in the third-annual America Is Your Park campaign. Parks are the anchors of our communities, providing places for friends, families and neighbors to be active and enjoy the outdoors together. Last year, park supporters cast more than 13 million votes for their favorite park to win money for improvements. 

Let’s help Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park take advantage of this campaign.  Helping both of these parks helps are community.

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative and the coveted title of “America’s Favorite Park.”

What’s even better is more than one park will win! Second- and third-place parks will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively.

And one lucky park will be chosen, at random, from the remaining top 25 spots on the leader board to win a $15,000 grant.

With just the click of a button, people can vote for their favorite park at LivePositively.com/parks. On the site, park enthusiasts can learn how to earn more votes by “checking in” from the park and download voting tools to help rally their communities.

Any park, big or small, can win! Last year, Oak Park in the small town of Minot, ND, captured the title of “America’s Favorite Park” and the $100,000 recreation grant. The community united to vote for Oak Park, which was completely destroyed last year in a historic flood that damaged much of Minot. The grant helped with the park’s restoration, so families have a place to play together again.

For more than 40 years, Coca-Cola has supported efforts to maintain and rebuild parks across the nation. Whether it’s buying new recreation equipment or enhancing activity areas, grants awarded through this family-friendly competition will help improve spaces where people go to play.

The America Is Your Park campaign was developed in collaboration with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association.

How to Cast Your Vote

Park goers can vote for their favorite national, state or local park from May 23 at midnight ET until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 15, 2012.

Park supporters can vote for their favorite park by:

Going online (via computer or smartphone) to LivePositively.com/parks (1 vote each)

“Checking in” from the park (100 votes each) – Details on the site

Oak Park in Minot, ND, took home the title and $100,000 recreation grant last year. Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Soudan, MN, and Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO, came in second- and third-place, taking home $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. Let’s see what we can do to be listed as 2012 winners.  Please share with your friends and ask them to vote for Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park.  We have 14 days to go!

Please vote and share for Lassen Park, Ca and Plumas Eureka State Park Ca.

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park Annual Photo Contest

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Bring your cameras with you.  Lassen Park is accepting submissions for their annual photo contest. Deadline for submission is 5pm on Monday Sept. 5th.

 

Painted Dunes 2012 Photo Contest Winner

By I- Ting Chiang NPS Photo

Employees and volunteers of Lassen Volcanic National Park will select the winning image.  The selected image will be featured on the 2013 Lassen Park annual pass.  The winner will receive photo credit and a $50 gift certificate compliments of the Lassen Association.

 

 

 

Photos should be submitted to lavo_information@nps.gov.   Suggested resolution for images is 300 dpi or more for a 5X7 inch photo.  Please put Lassen Photo Contest in the subject line when submitting.

Each photo should include: name, address, phone number, photo subject and location, e-mail contact.  There is a limit of two photo submissions per household.

Check your eclipse photos and all your other photos from your visit to Lassen Park.  Lassen Park has several special events coming up which may lend to some unique photos for this year.

Tuesday June 5th will be another once in a lifetime event as Venus passes between the earth and the sun.  The park will be providing solar scopes for safe viewing of this event.  The next time this rare alignment occurs will be in 2117.

Lassen Park will be hosting a Dark Sky Festival August 10-13th.  During the day, rangers will lead astronomy-themed hikes.  As night falls, Lassen will reveal skies full of stars, along with a chance to take in this year’s spectacular Perseid meteor shower which will peak on August. 13th.

Lassen Association has a special field seminar photography class on Aug. 17th & 18th.  Class will be taught by Terry Nathan.  To register for this class call Melanie Allen at 530-378-1495 or e-mail the lassenassociation@yahoo.com.  More information at workshops Lassen Park.

Feather River Video Contest

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

 

Feather River and Trains

Feather River and Trains

Feather River Video Contest

Purpose of  the Feather River Video Contest intends to promote the Feather River region and foster economic development through awareness and tourism. The goal of the contest is to encourage the production of videos that reflect the natural beauty and vibrant community that exists in the amazing place we are fortunate enough to call home. The contest is an initiative of Carrot Consulting with a $100 grant provide by Feather River Bread for the Journey for the prize money.

 

 

Contest Details
•Videos must be 3 minutes or less.

•Videos may be submitted by individuals, groups, organizations, or businesses.

•Videos must not contain any commercial businesses, industry names, brand names, product placement, endorsements, or trademarks.

•Videos may not be deleted or removed after the contest is over.

•Each entrant may submit up to two videos.

How to Enter
•Upload your video to YouTube, being sure to fill out the Title, Description, Tags, Category, and Map Location. (Learn more about that here.)

•Upload your video and submit your contest entry form by 5:00 pm PST, May 11, 2012.

Official Rules
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. Videos must not contain any commercial businesses, industry names, brand names, product placement, endorsements, or trademarks. Video must contain a Title, Description, Tags, and Location. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements.

Judging
All eligible submissions will be judged through an online voting process. Anyone can vote but an individual is only permitted one vote. The voting will take place between May 14th and May 31st on www.QuincyCA.us. The video with the most votes by 5:00pm PST on May 31st will be deemed the winner. The prize will be split should a tie occur.

Prize
The first place winner will receive $100 in cash. The contest winner will be notified by phone or e-mail by June 4, 2012.

Questions?
Email Carrie!

Things are starting to happen in the North State.  Come visit St. Bernard Lodge, Lassen National Volcanic Park, Lake Almanor, Quincy and the Feather River Canyon.  Take some great video and possibly win $100.00.  Upcoming events in the area include: Taste Of Plumas April 15th, 20th Annual Cabin Fever Quilt Show April 21-21,  Red Bluff Round Up April 20- 22, free entrance to Lassen Park April 21-29th and Mother’s Day Brunch at St. Bernard Lodge May 13th.

 

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at the St. Bernard Lodge

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Happy Easter from Winnier the Pooh and the St. Bernard Lodge

Happy Easter from Winnie the Pooh and the St. Bernard Lodge

Join us again this year in celebrating Easter Sunday.  Come enjoy the hospitality of the St. Bernard Lodge on Sunday, April 8th, we will be serving a buffet brunch with bottomless glass of champagne or mimosa.

Enjoy Eggs Benedict, Chicken fried steak, biscuits and sausage gravy.  Selection of breakfast meats, waffles, pastries, salads and desserts.  Reservations are required please call us at 530-258-3382.  We will be serving 9 am – 2pm.

Come visit Plumas County and Tehama Country, get “outta town” come to the mountains and start some new family Easter Traditions.  We have a variety of new and traditional Easter activities in the area.

Start the Weekend off in Greenville on Fri. April 6th with special Egg Hunts, Egg Drops and old fashion egg decorating.

Fri. 6  Adult Only Easter Egg Hunt: Crescent Country-Crescent Mills 284-6016
Fri. 6 Annual Easter Egg Decorating Party. 8PM Waystation Details 284-6018
Fri. 6 Greenville Egg Hunt: Drop off Donated boiled, decorated eggs to Nellz Towne
Pump, Waystation, or Evergreen Mkt. Call 284-6633
Fri.  6 Drop off Easter Eggs for Taylorsville at Museum 2-4PM 284-6406

Saturday choose from:

Easter Egg Hunt at the Evergreen Market in Greenville at 8 am.  For details  530-284-7313

Chester Rotary Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Chester Park 10:00 am.  For details 530-258-7923.  Arrive early to see the Easter Bunny at 9:30 am.

Chili and cornbread cook-off in Quincy at the Ranchito Motel.  10 am – 4 pm.  Call John or Tracy at 530-283-2265 for details. If you want to enter in contest they need to know by April 2nd.

 

If you missed out on the snow or never spent Easter in the snow, try a ranger led snowshoe walk at Lassen Volcanic National Park 1:30 pm Sat. and Sun.  This may be the last weekend for snowshoe walks in the park this year.

Saturday night don’t miss Elvis!

Come See Elvis

Come See Elvis

Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Space is limited, call now to get your tickets 530-283-0930

Tickets are only 10.00.  Seating opens 6 pm.  Show starts 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need room or dining reservations for the weekend call us at the St. Bernard Lodge, 530-258-3382.  If you can’t join us have a great weekend wherever you are.

Help us win a facebook contest please, go to our facebook page:  www.facebook.com/stbernardlodge by March 31st and give us a”Like”.  Our facebook page will keep you update on things happening here in Northern California.