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Lassen Volcanic National Park

📅 2020-Oct-10 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ national park, travel ⬩ 📚 Archive

One of the hidden gems near the Bay Area is the Lassen Volcanic National Park. I was not even aware of this NP until someone I knew visited it. Once I checked out information about the park and realized it is just a 4.5 hour drive away, there was no hesitation in seeing it. Since we had a kid in tow, we decided to make this a relaxed 3-day vacation: one day to drive there, one day to see the NP and then drive back the third day.


We decided to stay in Shingletown, a sleepy town which was a short 20-min drive outside the NP. We stayed in a studio at the Living Springs RV and Cabins Resort, which we booked through AirBnB just a week before our trip. The studio had a simple cooking area, a queen bed, two bunk beds and an attached shower and toilet. Outside the studio we had a fireplace and a charcoal BBQ (which we enjoyed, so do not forget to get charcoal). The resort had RVs and cabins (without bathrooms). There is a small Mill Creek that flows behind the camping area and also a small pond which was good a calm evening walk.

National Park

View from Hat Creek Trailhead
View from Lassen Peak Trailhead

Burney Falls

Burney Falls

The morning of the day we checked out, we first made a 1-hour drive up North to see Burney Falls. These majestic and pretty falls are inside the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. There is a $10 entry fee to be paid at the entrance. A short zig-zag trail right near the parking area takes you right in front of this spectacular waterfall. Sadly for us, it was incredibly chilly on our morning near the falls.

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