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TallPaul 04-19-2009 03:31 PM

Lassen Volcanic National Park
 
My son Mark and I want to show you one of the least visited parks in the country. This is a quiet 135 mile ride through Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA.

In between some of the pictures I have provided links that will take you to the websites that will give you more information about Lassen Park and the surrounding area.

135 Mile Loop - Fall 2008


Check sign before leaving Red Bluff, CA on Hwy 36E to see if the road through Lassen Park is open.
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You may also see if it the road is open online by clicking here: Lassen Volcanic National Park Road Closures


Turn left on Manton Road. I’m taking you to the North Entrance of Lassen Park. If you go straight you can ride to the South Entrance.


Manton, CA


Julia’s Diner


Manton General Store


Follow signs to Shingletown.


Stay left to Shingletown


Narrow one lane road ahead


Take your time and enjoy the ride!


In Shingletown, CA (WebCam) turn right on Hwy 44 to Lassen Park.


Beautiful Highway 44


Turn right onto Hwy 89 to Lassen Park (North Entrance WebCam)

TallPaul 04-19-2009 03:32 PM

Lassen Park Entrance Fees




Check the sign to see what is open in the park – I just happened to be there after a huge fire closed most of the North end of the park.
If you are not sure what to do while you’re here… Lassen Park in a Day or Two.
Also, here is a Lassen Volcanic National Park Map to help you guide you through the park.


Manzanita Lake


Back of Mount Lassen – Devastated Area




No, you haven’t reached the top yet!


Be ready to take a picture






Looking back down toward the meadow




Be careful – Rocks on the roadway


Summer months are nice on the summit. In the Spring/Fall it can get cold in the early mornings, very windy in the afternoons, and watch for ice on the roadway in the shade.


If you like a couple hour hike try the Lassen Peak Trail.

TallPaul 04-19-2009 03:32 PM

Lake Helen












Sulfur Works






A brand new modern visitor’s center: kohm yah-mah-nee Visitor Center




Turn right to Red Bluff on Hwy 36E


Store and Café in Mineral, CA


Now back to Red Bluff on Hwy 36E.

Thanks for coming along on the ride with us!
Paul Smith

TallPaul 04-19-2009 03:33 PM

I rode by Lassen Park on April 5, 2009 and wanted to post additional pictures showing the road closure and a couple of pictures of the inside of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
This is what the sign would look like if the road through Lassen Park was closed.


Temperature at Red Bluff, CA was 63 °F


Hwy 36E


Brokeoff mountain and Lassen Peak on Hwy 36E


After the Mt Lassen picture I looked to my right and snapped this


This is the South Entrance - Hwy 89


Lassen Volcanic National Park South Entrance


Temperature at the Park Entrance was 46 °F


The new Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center










I hope you liked Lassen Park!
Paul Smith

TallPaul 04-19-2009 03:34 PM

I hope you liked Lassen Park!
Paul Smith

mscuddy 04-19-2009 04:18 PM

Great pictures, I made the trip from Los Angeles to the Modoc Plateau in 1966 (as a 8 year old kid) in my Uncle's Mini Cooper. It was summer, and it was so damn hot we had to have the heater going on the Mini almost all the time, to keep it from overheating.

TallPaul 04-22-2009 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by mscuddy (Post 210887)
Great pictures, I made the trip from Los Angeles to the Modoc Plateau in 1966 (as a 8 year old kid) in my Uncle's Mini Cooper. It was summer, and it was so damn hot we had to have the heater going on the Mini almost all the time, to keep it from overheating.

Glad you liked the pictures!
I've lived here for fifty years and usually in August the valley can get hot! When it does, I ride toward the coast. It's a lot cooler!

mscuddy 04-24-2009 09:03 AM

Yeah, I've got some old black & white pics of me shooting a .380 Colt automatic (that I still have) at some lava flow in the hot stinking wasteland. While all the cars and people are gone, I've still got the pistols. My Grandfather went too, and when my uncle turned on the Mini's heater the first time (in about 110 degree heat) he freaked out and thought my Uncle had gone insane. The Mini didn't miss a beat, it was a '63 1100cc Cooper, pre Cooper S that came out in '64 with the 1175cc motor. A real Mini, not the bloated 3500 lb excuse the Krauts foist on people.

TallPaul 05-04-2009 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by mscuddy (Post 211288)
Yeah, I've got some old black & white pics of me shooting a .380 Colt automatic (that I still have) at some lava flow in the hot stinking wasteland. While all the cars and people are gone, I've still got the pistols. My Grandfather went too, and when my uncle turned on the Mini's heater the first time (in about 110 degree heat) he freaked out and thought my Uncle had gone insane. The Mini didn't miss a beat, it was a '63 1100cc Cooper, pre Cooper S that came out in '64 with the 1175cc motor. A real Mini, not the bloated 3500 lb excuse the Krauts foist on people.

I would sure like to see some old black and white pictures.


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