Lassen highway closes through park, signaling start of winter activity season

It’s officially winter in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Recent winter storms brought snow, closing the road through the park to vehicle traffic until spring, said Steve Gibbons, acting park superintendent.

The snow depth at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center was 6 inches Monday and 32 inches at Lake Helen, with storms later in the week expected to drop up to 3 feet of snow above 7,000 feet.

From the north, the park highway is open to the Manzanita Lake area, Gibbons said. From the southwest entrance, the road is open to the visitor center one mile inside the park.

The road closure makes the entire park available for skiing, snowshoeing and other winter activities.

On Saturdays and Sundays starting Jan. 3, rangers will lead snowshoe walks from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information contact the park at 530-595-4480 or lavo_information@nps.gov.