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Lassen Volcanic National Park

📅 2020-Oct-10 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 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.

Stay

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 Hat Creek Trailhead
View from Lassen Peak Trailhead
View from Lassen Peak Trailhead

Burney Falls

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.