Lassen Volcanic National Park to Crater Lake, Oregon

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

2017-03-13T13:21:46+00:00January 12th, 2017|North America, USA|11 Comments


  1. Rashmi and Chalukya January 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    We are yet to make a visit to US. There is so much to explore there from history to natural parks. Manzanita lake and Lake Helen look surreal. It must have been an amazing experience driving through these beautiful vistas.

  2. Abigail January 14, 2017 at 12:27 am - Reply

    I love visiting national parks. I’m trying to add lesser known destinations to our travel bucket list this year. Hence, this is a good one to consider for that!

  3. Emily January 14, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    US National Parks look fantastic. Everything seems so vast in these parks. There’s nothing geologically active in the UK so this would be such a fascinating place to explore. I imagine that it’s less touristy than Yellowstone too.

  4. Aryane @ Valises & Gourmandises January 14, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I love those kind of places that are a little bit off the grid.
    It looks like a very cool spot for a weekend, camping in the wild! 😀

  5. Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures January 14, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Wow, this area looks gorgeous! US national parks always fascinated me, I wish we had places like this here in the UK! Manzanita Lake looks beautiful, I’ll definitely add this to my list of places to visit if I’m ever in the US!

  6. Jane Clark January 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Another beautiful and interesting place you have opened my eyes to a James, thanks, this is definitely going to top of my ‘to visit’ list.

  7. Emma January 14, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Such stunning views – seems like a very peaceful and tranquil place to spend some time! The lake looks gorgeous and I love the idea of the bubbling mud pits – awesome

  8. Ticking the Bucketlist January 15, 2017 at 2:47 am - Reply

    The picture with the reflection looks awesome! Is the mud bubbling all the time? Also, do they make face mask out of it?

    • James Smith January 15, 2017 at 7:41 am - Reply

      lol, I don’t think so. This part of the park is called Bumpass Hell because it was discovered by a man called Kendall Bumpass. He accidentally put his foot in a pit and had to have his leg amputated. Hence the name, Bumpass Hell.

  9. Amanda Tran | LVV Travel January 15, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great alternative to Yellowstone – is it open all year around? We did a road trip through California but missed this place so nice to have enjoyed it vicariously through you. Great photos too!

    • James Smith January 15, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

      It’s always open but in winter it’s best to check the road conditions before going as it snows in California!

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