California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park

Yellowstone’s weird cousin

Located in northern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park offers great outdoor beauty with fewer crowds associated with more popular parks. I hope these photos convince you to add a national park to your bucket list. If you’re planning a trip to Crater Lake, Yosemite or Redwoods national parks, include Lassen. It’s one of the world’s largest plug dome volcanoes, which erupted in 1914.

We explored mountains, streams, lakes, hydrothermal wonders and meadows. We saw black bear, waterfalls, wildflowers, boiling ponds and rainbows. Lassen won’t disappoint. But be sure to plan your travel carefully, since the main road that winds through the park is sometimes snow covered until early July. You’ll enjoy this park that I refer to as “Yellowstone’s weird cousin.”

Shadow Lake
Shadow Lake, our favorite hike
Cliff Lake, Lassen Volcanic national park
The unique Cliff Lake, on the trail just beyond Shadow Lake
Back country and meadow, Lassen Volcanic national park
There’s a lot of back country and meadow in Lassen
Bumpass Hell
Bumpass Hell, a seismic zone with hydrothermal activity that’s constantly changing
Water flowers, Lassen Volcanic national park
A mountain meadow stream and water flowers
Lassen Volcanic national park
It’s not as glorious as Yellowstone, but Lassen still amazes and you won’t be cursing traffic
Kings Creek Falls
We enjoyed the hike to Kings Creek Falls
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