Top Reasons to Go

Hike a volcano: The 2½-mile trek up Lassen Peak rewards you with a spectacular view of far northern California.

Spot a rare bloom: The Lassen Smelowskia, a small white-to-pinkish flower, grows only in Lassen Volcanic National Park, mainly on Lassen Peak.

View volcano varieties: All four types of volcanoes found in the world—shield, plug dome, cinder cone, and composite—are represented here.

Listen to the Earth: The park's thumping mud pots and venting fumaroles roil, gurgle, and belch a raucous symphony from beneath the Earth's crust.

Escape the crowds: Lassen, in sparsely populated far northern California, is one of the lesser-known national parks.

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