WELCOME TO LASSEN VOLCANIC
When you visit Lassen Volcanic National Park you are adventuring in the land of “the blown up mountains.” While certain ranges are pushed up bodily from the heart of the earth, other mountains are “blown up” by internal fires whose volcanic outlets heave forth ashes and molten lava in such enormous quantities that they pile up new heights. Hidden in the forests are sizable simmering lakes, hot gurgling mudpots and black cinder cones that once were live volcanos. The region abounds in hidden lakes and streams ideal for fishing, in unbroken forests, and delightful meadows, all connected by excellent trails. (Adventuring through the National Parks of the West Booklet, Standard Oil Company of California, 1935)
Lassen Volcanic National Park is primarily a campers’ park. On the Lassen Peak Loop Highway, three ideal camping spots have set aside as free public camp grounds. Summit Lake Camp Ground is the most central to all points. Kings Creek Camp Ground has the advantage of being near Lassen Peak and Bumpas Hell. Manzanita Lake Camp Ground is located beside a good fishing lake. (Lassen Volcanic National Park Brochure, Unites States Department of the Interior, 1936)
Quiet for more than two hundred years, Lassen Peak exploded in May 1914, and was more or less in eruption until January, 1916. the greatest of these occurred in May, 1915, when a superheated gas blast rushed down the valleys and uprooted forests or scorched them to a cinder, melted snow fields and flooded the lowland in rushing tides.
WHY WE LOVE THIS PARK
It is fascinating to think that volcanic eruptions have taken place in the U.S. within recent memory. It has only been just over a century since Mt. Lassen erupted in 1914. What a starkly beautiful reminder that the earth is still volatile and changing.
SCENIC HWYS ILLUSTRATIONS
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
When Lassen Volcanic officially became a national park on August 9, 1916, virtually no roads penetrated its boundaries. Nine years passed before a scenic boulevard advanced toward Lassen’s isolated interior. One crew built south from Manzanita Lake and the other north from Sulphur Works. Promoters were so excited when the road opened, that a fake, pyrotechnic eruption of Mt. Lassen was employed to celebrate the highway’s official dedication on July 25, 1931.
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