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Lassen Volcanic National Park to Crater Lake

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in Northern California, USA.  The park offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Lassen Peak (the volcano)
  • Bumpass Hell
  • Manzanita Lake
Lassen Volcanic Park, California

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Lassen Peak is part of the Pacific rim of fire and is one of the most active volcanoes in the US.  It’s 3,187 meters in height and 1,100 meters higher than the surrounding area.  It has one of the largest lava domes in the world.  The last serious eruption of Lassen was back in 1915 and the good news is that no serious eruption is predicted in the near future.

I would recommend visiting Lassen volcanic park by car as it is huge and you’ll need to drive around to the various points of interest.

There are a few relatively close cities where you can stay.  For good value I’d recommend any motel 6 on the I-5 anywhere between Redding and Red Bluff.  If you are heading to Nevada then you could stay in a casino in Reno.  If you have a tent you can camp inside the park in designated areas, obviously away from Bumpass Hell!

Manzanita Lake, California

Manzanita Lake, California

Manzanita lake is probably the most beautiful part of Lassen volcanic national park.  On a clear day it offers a perfect reflection photograph of Lassen Peak.  On the day I visited it was a little windy and cloudy but the photo still came out pretty well.

You’ll see people fishing as you explore the lake, trout is what they are fishing for.  Around the lake you’ll also find a popular campsite, imagine waking up to this beautiful view!

Lassen Peak, California

Lake Helen, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Another lake worth a visit is Lake Helen which is a glacial lake.  It’s another great lake to photograph, on a calm day you can get a perfect reflection photograph.  Even on a semi good day like I had it photographed beautifully.

Why is it called Lake Helen, who is Helen?   Helen Tanner Brodt was the first woman to climb Lassen Peak back in 1864!

Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

At Bumpass Hell you’ll find hot springs and boiling mud points, geology in action.  There’s a walkway which passes safely through these natural phenomenons.  You’ll take lots of photos here as the colors, formations and steam are very photogenic.  It’s like a small scale version of what you see at Yellowstone park.

Hire car - Lassen Volcanic National Park to Crater Lake - 3-4 hours.

Hire car – Lassen Volcanic National Park to Crater Lake – 3-4 hours.

From Lassen Volcanic National Park I took CA-139 North to Klamath Falls.  In Klamath falls there are lots of good value accommodation and restaurants.  This is a good place to take a rest ready for an early morning drive on US-97 North and OR-62 West to Crater Lake.

Crater Lake to Mount Rainier