Lassen Volcanic National Park
On a beautiful September day we drove 2 1/2 hours to visit the Lassen Volcanic National Park. Wow! I had no idea what an incredible experience this would be. The national park includes four different types of volcanoes. Mount Harkness a shield volcano. Cinder Cone (you guessed it) a cinder cone volcano. Lassen Peak a plug dome (one of the largest in the world). Lastly, Brokeoff Mountain a composite volcano. Every direction you look you are rewarded with amazing views and breathtaking sites.
We stopped by the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor’s center to get a map and purchase a sticker for the Jeep and a magnet for the fridge. Our next stop was the Sulphur Works. We were both surprised to find a mudpot right next to the road. This was our first smell of sulfur. There would be many more.
Our next stop was Emerald Lake. It may not be a big lake but it was stunning with water was so clear you can see the bottom of the lake.
Then we came to the Bumpass Hell trailhead. We hiked the 1.3 mile trail to Bumpass Hell. The views from the trail were absolutely breathtaking.
Once you start the decent into the valley where Bumpass Hell is located the temperature rises and the smell of sulfer is in the air. Bumpass Hell has an otherworldly feel to it between the boiling mudpots, the steaming ground, the fumaroles and the sulfurous gas. The boardwalk takes you right above the action and provides overlooks to get some amazing pictures of this incredible place.
After our hike we were ready for lunch. We had our picnic lunch at the Kings Creek Picnic Area. After lunch we continued the drive through the park. The entire drive we were met with incredible views, beautiful lakes and amazing scenery.
Our final stop before leaving the park was Manzanita Lake. It was another beautiful lake that is reported to have great fishing. Dan will have to give it a go the next time we pass this way.
This was definitely an adventure to remember.