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Photography one of California's most geologically diverse national parks and capture your stunning shot of Lassen Peak.

Located in Northern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park is an astoundingly beautiful, diverse, yet under-appreciated park in the national park system.

Manzanita Lake, located at the northwest park entrance, holds the largest campground in the park, and affords a gorgeous, photograph worthy view of Lassen Peak reflected in the lake’s serene waters. Lassen Peak rises 2,000 feet above the surrounding terrain and is one of the largest lava domes on earth, as well as the largest of the 30 volcanoes in the park.

Using one of the many turn-offs located just inside the park boundary, you can find an easy and scenic path winding around the lake. Heading to the west side of the lake closest to the entrance provides a scenic view of Lassen Peak looking east across the lake. The shoreline of this lake has a lot of brush and tree growth, so it can be challenging to find a vantage point without obscuring branches and with adequate space to set up a tripod.

The lighting at sunset is particularly beautiful, when Lassen Peak bathed in a warm glow; the reflections of the peak and trees further make for an intriguing photo. Come back after dark to photograph star trails or the Milky Way rising over Lassen Peak!

Any length of time here can reveal a large population of wildlife, as well, including eagles and otters.

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  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Wide angle lens
  • Waders or water resistant boots
  • Insect repellent
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Grab your kayak, or rent one from the south side of the lake and hit the opposite side for gorgeous views of Lassen Peak. The views are spectacular.

7 months ago
7 months ago

This NP doesn't get the recognition of the bigger parks in California, but it is just as beautiful. It's One of my favorite places to hike. You can also hike up and ski down the peak into mid July. Not the best snow but its better than nothing.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Beth Young

I'm a licensed architect specializing in healthcare facilities, with a strong passion for capturing the beauty of the natural world. 
 
 Nature photography in particular connects me more intimately to the nuances of weather, light and the changing seasons, and taught me how to really "see". I'm continuously striving to learn new things about photography every single day.
 
 I recently became a contributing photographer to the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, which encourages the use of nature photography to alleviate stress and anxiety in patients, their families and caregivers, a cause that's near and dear to my heart.
 
 I grew up in NY state but now reside in the Sacramento, California area, and enjoy capturing images of the rugged beauty of Northern California. I can be found on Instagram @optimal_focus or check out my photography at www.optimalfocusphotography.com/

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