Lassen Volcanic National Park
This national park, situated in the extreme south of the mountains with their waterfalls, and 165sq.mi/427sq.m in area, was founded in 1916 in order to protect Lassen Peak (10,460ft/3,187m), one of the few volcanoes in the USA which have become active in recent years (others being Mount St Helens in Washington State, and some in Alaska and Hawaii). As the southernmost link in a chain of mighty volcanoes, including Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, the former Mount Mazama (Crater Lake) and Mount Shasta, it forms the impressive remains of the once higher, but now collapsed Mount Tehama, the cauldron of which has been filled by subsequent eruptions.
Lassen Volcanic National Park Map
Official site: www.nps.gov/lavo/
Address: Box 100, Mineral, CA 96063-0100, United States
Entrance fee in USD: Vehicle plus all occupants $10.00, Adult $5.00
Useful tips: Admission good for 7 days. Pets allowed only on a leash.
Mount Tehama's main vent was probably what is now the Lassen Volcanic National Park's Sulfur Works. The area offers bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and boiling water. Some of these thermal features are getting hotter and it is thought that Lassen Park and Mount Shasta may join Mount Saint Helens as active volcanoes.
Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park was named for Kendall Bumpass who lost a leg in a mudpot in 1865.
Highway 89 runs through the Devastated Area in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The area was stripped of all vegetation by eruptions in 1915.
The Loomis Museum, located near Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, has a visitor contact station where park information is available.
Visitors won't want to miss the Chaos Jumbles at Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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