MINERAL — Lassen Volcanic National Park will open its highway May 16 to 18 to hikers, bikers, walkers and runners before the road opens to through traffic for the season.
“I am incredibly excited to announce that visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy our spectacular scenery along 30 miles of road without vehicles,” said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. “Designating a weekend as vehicle-free allows our visitors to experience the park in a new and fun way.”
The highway will open at 9 a.m. May 16 for nonmotorized travel (except administrative and emergency vehicles) from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and the Loomis Museum Plaza.
Park official recommended that visitors complete their bike ride or walk by sunset each day as the cool nights may create icy conditions on the road.
Travel on the highway during this vehicle free weekend is weather dependent and may be closed if hazardous conditions exist.
Visitors are encouraged to stop into the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or the Loomis Ranger Station between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for more detailed information. A site bulletin and map are available for reference with distances and altitudes at designated waysides along the road.
Come prepared for cool weather, especially in the early morning and late evening.
Lassen is a high elevation park ranging from 5,650 to 10,457 feet and weather can change quickly.
Check the weather forecast before your visit and come prepared for the conditions.
It is recommended you wear layers and bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Even on overcast days, sun exposure is greater at higher elevations.
The entrance fee into the park is $10 per vehicle or $5 per person ($10 per family) on a bicycle.
Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Plaza.
For further information, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or contact the park at 530-595-4480.