Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in Mineral, California, in northern California just a few minutes drive from St. Bernard Lodge in Mill Creek. St. Bernard Lodge is the perfect place for singles, couples, families and groups to stay while exploring Lassen Volcanic Park and is a central Lassen lodging location for travelers en route from/to to other surrounding National Parks such as Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Yosemite National Park, or Redwood National Park.
Lassen Volcanic National Park Lodging and Accommodations
St. Bernard Lodge is a beautiful rustic inn whose second floor has 7 rooms and can sleep up to 22. The restaurant and tavern on the first floor can feed up to 50 guests which means that those coming in to Lassen to camp or to St. Bernard Lodge to park their RV's can also be seated comfortably. Call us at 530.258.3382 to reserve or feel free to reserve online.
Lassen Peak Plug Dome
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. It is one of the oldest National Parks and was designated in August of 1916.
Lassen Volcanic Park, as it is most popularly referred to, features Lassen Peak which is the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southern most volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range which also contains Crater Lake in Oregon.
A plug dome is basically a round mound-shaped protrusion that is created from the slow and gradual eruption of lava, in this case from Lassen Peak. This is why a plug dome is also called a lava dome. It is said that high levels of silica in the lava make it viscous and thick thus preventing the hot magma from traveling too far. In fact, it normally just builds on itself as more lava flows from the volcanic extrusion resulting in ever increasing mound sizes and dome shapes.
Lassen Peak is an active volcano that is located in the southernmost tip of the Cascade Range which extends from northern California to Oregon (Crater Lake) all the way up to British Columbia in Canada. Lassen Peak is the only volcano in the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) other than Mount St. Helens in Washington to erupt in the 20th century. It erupted on May 22, 1915, a powerful and explosive event that rained lava and volcanic ash for over 200 miles. Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 and was so powerful that it deposited volcanic ash in 11 states.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is unique because there are not many areas in the world that can boast four (4) different types of volcanoes. In fact, it is the only National Park that has all four types:
- Plug Dome - round dome protrusion caused by slow and viscous lava flows;
- Shield - large volcano with sloping sides that are formed by low-viscosity lava (not as much silica n the lava);
- Cinder Cone - circular/oval cones that are created when lava erupts into the air and falls becoming fragments or cinders around the volcanic vent as it hardens. Cinder cone volcanoes usually have a bowl-shaped crater at its peak;
- Strato - tall cone-shaped volcano with many layers of hardened, viscous lava around it.
Lassen Volcanic National Park Location
Lassen Volcanic Park is on State Road 36 East. The South entrance is just 20 minutes from the Lodge. Lassen is only 5+ hours from Crater Lake in Oregon, 7 hours from Yosemite, 6 hours from Redwood National and State Parks and 3 hours from Lake Tahoe.
Most Noted Hikes
Lassen Volcanic Park is famous for its active volcano, boiling mud pots, and smelly fumaroles.
Other outdoor activities to enjoy in Lassen Volcanic Park include biking, fishing and, of course, hiking. Lassen has 150 miles of hiking trails which includes 17 miles of Pacific Crest Trails. Trails vary in length and difficulty and meander through coniferous forest, alpine tundra and along water ways. Lassen also contains over 700 flowering plant species. For casual bird enthusiasts and ornithologists, there are over 83 species of birds that nest in the Park.
Main Part of Park: Bumpass Hell, Lassen Peak Trail, Manzanita Lake, Devastated Area, Kings Creek Falls trail and Sulphur Works.
South East Corner of Park: Enter through Warner Valley; the last 3 miles is dirt road. Boiling Springs Lake, Terminal Geyser and Devilís Kitchen. To make a nice day of it is advised that you make reservation ahead of time for lunch or dinner at Drakesbad guest ranch. Horseback rides are also available here. With lunch or dinner reservations you get to use the mineral hot springs pool. It is wonderful to soak in the pool after hiking the area.
North East Corner of Park: In Cinder Cone and Butte Lake, once again you need to travel a distance on dirt roads.
Lassen Volcanic National Park Map and Directions
Click on the following link for a map and directions from Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mineral, CA to St. Bernard Lodge in Mill Creek, CA. Lassen Volcanic Park in Mineral is only a 20 minute drive from the Lodge.
Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park Address
Lassen Volcanic National Park
PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063-0100
Call us at 530.258.3382 to reserve or feel free to reserve online.