Lassen Park >> The main road through Lassen Volcanic National Park opened to vehicular traffic last week, and the place was pretty well packed.
Even though the trail to Bumpass Hell — perhaps the most popular attraction — will be closed until mid-August, there were a steady lines of traffic winding through the park, and every turnout seemed to fill quickly.
Part of the crowd was for the Reach the Peak Hike-a-Thon of the Lassen Park Foundation. Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Finnegan said 128 people climbed to the top of Lassen Peak Sunday in the first-ever fundraiser for the foundation.
There is still snow on the trail up the mountain, and trekking poles are recommended.
Most of the other trails in the park are open, although again there is snow at places on some of them.
All of the park campgrounds are open, but there’s no drinking water at Butte Lake or Juniper Lake.
For the most current conditions, go to www.nps.gov/lavo/ or call 595-4480.
Oh, and if you were thinking about picking up an application for the lifetime senior citizen national parks pass at Lassen Park, they’re out of them.
The price of the pass increases from $10 to $80 on Aug. 28, and there’s a been a run on applications.
Park personnel recommend going to https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass to order the pass online.
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