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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 go.nps.gov/darksky.

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.

 

 

Valentine’s Weekend Chilly Chili Cook-off

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Join in the fun planned by the Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce on February 15th, 2014.

Ice Carving

 

Join us for a fairly new event in Chester, the Chilly Chili Cook-off. Talented chili chefs from Plumas County and beyond will be serving some great chili and competing for some great prizes. In 2013, thirteen teams with a wide range of chili recipes competed. This year more teams have already registered.

 

You have until Feb. 8th to register your team at www.lakealmanorarea.com/events.  Entry is free to chamber members and for non-members registration is only 30.00.

The event starts at 1:00 pm and goes until 4 pm at the Almanor Recreation Center. Eight dollars will buy you a tasting kit. Tasting kit includes voting ballots for the Peoples’ Choice Awards, kit also has a 10.00 discount for Coopervale Ski area. Plan on spending the afternoon either showing off your cooking abilities or just tasting some great chili while enjoying live music.

Live music will be provided by Edgewater. The group plays a mix of classic rock and roll, progressive and alternative rock,and rhythm and blues.

A special attraction of ice carving by Tim Carman, a chef from Reno’s El Dorado Hotel and Casino, will be back carving away at three 200-pound blocks of ice into works of art.

St. Bernard Lodge still has rooms available for this weekend.  Book three nights and get 20.00 off third night.

Special Thanksgiving Weekend Packages at the St. Bernard Lodge

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Make this Thanksgiving Special!

 

Thanksgiving blessing

If you are looking for a new, no stress tradition for Thanksgiving, plan a two or three night stay with us.

Do you have a large family or group of friends wanting to celebrate Thanksgiving, but don’t have space? Spend Thanksgiving with the people you love, enjoying their company. Eliminate the stress, let us cook and clean for your family and friends.

We have put a special package together for a two or three night stay including Thanksgiving Buffet.

 

3 Night Group Package for Your Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend 

Gather your friends and family for a maximum of 20 guests

Check-in for either:

Wednesday afternoon thru Saturday morning or Thursday afternoon thru Sunday morning.

Package includes:

Private use of the lodge for your entire stay.

Freshly prepared breakfast each morning

Complimentary wine and appetizers each afternoon

Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday

“Leftovers Lunch” on Friday, may be served at the lodge or packed to go.

Activities in the area:

Sightseeing in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Merchants Night out and Tree Lighting on Friday

Cutting your Christmas Tree in the Lassen National Forest

Just relaxing at the Lodge With Family and Friends.

Price is 900.00 plus 85.00 per person.

 

thanksgiving                     2 night package for Thanksgiving Weekend

Check-in Wednesday afternoon or Thursday afternoon

 

Private use of the Lodge for your entire stay.

Freshly prepared breakfast each morning

Afternoon wine and appetizers

Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday

“Leftovers Lunch” on Friday, may be served at the lodge or packed to go.

Price 800 plus 70 dollars per person.  Maximum 20 overnight guests.

To make your group booking for the Holidays call now! 530-258-3382

 

21st Annual Rails to Trails Festival

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot.  This year is the Centennial of the Susanville Railroad Depot.

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The Rails to Trails Festival and Bizz Johnson Marathon draws guests from all over California and Northern Nevada.
Highlights of the festival include; chili cook-off, salsa contes, live music, rail road handcar races and great food.
This annual event besides being a day of fun, supports Lassen Land and Trails Trusts’s mission to conserve significant natural areas and landcapes and to promote and enhance a system of leading public trails in North Eastern California.
For more details on the days event. Still time to register your team for the handcar races.

 

Bizz Johnson TrailFall colors shoud be at their peak on the Bizz Johnson Trail this weekend.  Bizz Johnson trail is also desingated as a California Watchable Wildlife Spot.

Due to National Park closure the St. Bernard Lodge has rooms available for the weekend. Come spend one or two night with us.  Enjoy the Rails to Trails Festival and then take in the Fall Colors in Plumas County.

 

 

 

Wine Tasting and Annual Manton Apple Festival

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Manton Apple Festival is the 1st Saturday of October each year. This year it is Saturday Oct. 5th at the Manton School. Festival runs from 9 am to 4pm.

There are over 100 vendors with handmade crafts and food. A range of activities for the whole family; dunking for apples, pie contest, games, live music and much more.  Come join in the fun, proceeds support community projects and scholarships.

While in Manton check-out the local wineries; Alger Vineyards, Cedar Crest Vineyard, Indian Peak Vineyards, Mount Tehama Vineyards,  and Shasta Daisy Vineyards.

From Manton it is a short drive up the hill to St. Bernard Lodge, plan on spending a night at the lodge.  Lassen Volcanic National Park may be closed, but we still have miles of hiking trails. For availability at St. Bernard LOdge

On Sunday enjoy a hike or drive around Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon.  An array of fall color awaits you to discover. Current leaf peeper reports.

 

Fall Play Day at the Heart K Ranch in Genesse Valley

Monday, September 30th, 2013

October 12th, 2013 9 am – 4 pm

The Feather River Land Trust has planned a work and play day at the Heart K Ranch.

Join in on some fun work on the ranch at the historic granary starting at 9 am. Check video link to see what work needs to be done at the granary.

http://youtu.be/gQApkZirhpY

 

Later in the morning take a hike or listen to talks on sustainable ag practices and Native American land use.

BBQ lunch served between 1 and 2pm. Please RSVP by phone at 530-283-5758 or send e-mail to kkleven@frlt.org. BBQ lunch is 10 dollars for adults and chlidren 10 and under are free.

For more information on this year’s Fall Play Day please check website.

The Heart K Ranch is about 45 minutes from the St. Bernard Lodge. Fall is a great time to make a drive from St. Bernard Lodge to Indian Valley and out to Genesse.  You will have an opportunity to enjoy both the Fall Colors of the area and many of the Barn Quilts in the Indian Valley.

For room availability at St. Bernard Lodge.

Download flyer with directions.

Increased waterflows in the North Fork of the Feather River Whitewater Rafters Mark your Calendar!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

RaftingPG&E will increase water flows for whiteater rafters in the Rock Creek Reach of the North Fork of the Feather River. The higher water levels are scheduled for Aug. 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th and then again Sept. 28th and 29th.

Rock Creek Reach is an 8.3 mile stretch of the Feather River in the Plumas National Forest.  This part of the river is near Storrie  and between PG&E’s Rock Creek Dam and the Rock Creek Powerhouse.  For a map and more information on Rock Creek-Cresta Ecological Commitee, please visit their website.

Currently flow is about 210 cubic feet per second and will be increased to 800 cubic feet per second, then held at 700 cubic feet per second during the scheduled dates of increased water flow.

The Sept. dates will overlap with the 4th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen at the Lassen Volcanic National Park on Sept. 28th.  Park admission is free.  Wine tasting and art exibits and music will be held at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center from 11 am – 5pm.

 

Make a weekend of it.  St. Bernard Lodge has rooms open for both weekends.  Come visit Lassen Park one day, stay at the Lodge then go whitewater rafting.

For more useful information on Plumas County and the Feather River Canyon visit:  http://www.plumascounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about the Amazing Birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

June 21st and 22nd

nesting birds

Join Dr. Roger Lederer at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Friday June 21st from 4-5 pm.  Dr. Lederer will be presenting a power point presentation which is open to all that are interested in attending at no charge.  The lecture will be an introduction to both the birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park and interesting and amazing adaptions of birds. Background and books by Dr. Lederer.

 

This program targets local community members and visitors who have basic or no knowledge of birds.  This is your opportunity to learn from Dr. Lederer.

bird lassen

Saturday morning meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center at 8:30am.  Dr. Lederer will be leading a guided walk of the Mill Creek Falls Trail.  This walk will last until approximately 10:15 am.  There is a $25 fee for the guided walk.  Group size is limited to 15 participants.  A second session will be scheduled at 10:30 am if needed.

 

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Please direct questions or register with Melanie Allen at 530-378-1495 or online at lassenassociation.org.

Bring your camera, you may just get the perfect shot for the 2014 Lassen Volcanic National Park photo contest.  You may also want binoculars and bird guide.

Please contact St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382 for dining or lodging options.  St. Bernard Lodge is offering a 15.00 dinner voucher at the lodge for any guests staying at the lodge and attending the guided walk of Mill Creek Falls with Dr. Lederer.

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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Heart K Barn

 

 

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.