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Best Campgrounds in Lassen Volcanic

Sites at Lassen's eight campgrounds have wide appeal, from large groups singing around the campfire to solitary hikers seeking a quiet place under the stars. You can drive a vehicle to all campgrounds except the Southwest Walk-In. This is the only campground open year-round; the others usually open in June and close in early fall. Campfires are restricted to fire rings. Lassen has black bears, so be sure to secure your food and garbage properly by using the bear boxes provided at the park's campsites. For more camping information, go to www.recreation.gov.

Juniper Lake. On the east shore of the park's largest lake, campsites are close to the water in a wooded area. To reach the campgrounds, you have to take a rough gravel road that leads 13 miles north of Chester and enters at the park's southeast corner; trailers not advised. No potable water. Chester Juniper Lake Rd, approximately 13 miles north of Hwy. 36. No reservations.

Manzanita Lake. The largest of Lassen campgrounds accommodates RVs up to 35 feet, and also has a few rustic cabins. Many ranger programs begin here, and a trail nearby leads to a crater that holds Crags Lake. Off Lassen Park Rd., 2 miles east of junction of hwys. 44 and 89 877/444–6777.

Southwest Walk-In. This relatively small campground lies within a red fir forest and has views of Brokeoff Peak. Snow camping is allowed in this site, the only park campground open year-round, but from October to June no drinking water is available. Near southwest entrance, beside Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. No reservations; open year-round.

Summit Lake North. This completely forested campground has easy access to backcountry trails. You'll likely observe deer grazing. Lassen Park Rd., 12 miles south of Manzanita Lake and 17½ miles north of southwest entrance 877/444–6777.

Summit Lake South. Less crowded than its neighbor to the north, this campground has wet meadows where wildflowers grow in the spring. No potable water after mid-September. Lassen Park Rd., 12 miles south of Manzanita Lake and 17½ miles north of southwest entrance 877/444–6777.

Updated: 2014-03-11

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