Photograph Lassen Peak

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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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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Beautiful

Fun hike for a family! Pack a lunch and sit at one of the many benches on the loop or even find a spot for a picnic. Also many photo opportunities!

Best Views From The Lake

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.

Very Underrated NP

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.

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