Lassen Volcanic National Park

This Memorial Day weekend, my husband and I visited Lassen Volcanic National Park, which is located in far Northeastern California. This park, offering plenty of high desert mountain beauty as well as really cool geothermic activity, is well worth a visit.

The park’s geothermic features including bubbling mud pots, geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles. Such features are created by heat coming up from beneath the Earth’s surface and being released. We were able to see some bubbling mud pots and more hiking Ridge Trail, near Sulphur Springs:

A bubbling mud pot in the side of the mountain.

We strolled around several mirror-like lakes, with serene and picturesque views of Lassen Peak. Lassen Peak still has a few streaks of snow around the top of it this late summer:

Serene lake with Lassen Peak in the background.

We hiked up to Boiling Springs Lake. The lake is hot and lightly bubbly, and you can see steam coming up from it! The road into this part of the park is largely unpaved, but still accessible even without 4-wheel drive (our little Corolla made it up there). This means that the crowds in this area are also much less than in other parts of the park. If you are looking for some hiking and views with more peace and quiet and fewer people around, this is a good spot for that. There are some campgrounds in this area as well, which are on the rustic side:

Boiling Springs Lake, with Lassen Peak in the background.
I’m on the right (your Free Range Law hostess, Rachel Puryear), and my husband Kwame is on the left. We are in front of Boiling Springs Lake.
Butterfly resting on wood plank.
Deer in the woods.

If you decide to visit this beautiful place, note that it has a short summer and a long winter. So if you want to avoid cold and snow, visit during the warmer months and check the National Park Service’s website to see what weather conditions look like in planning your trip. Elevations in the park can go over 8,000 feet/2,438 meters, and snow piles up during the colder months accordingly.

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