Lassen park is available for visitors only 2-3 months a year. I was very lucky to get in there.
The territory is huge. Number of visitors is significantly smaller comparing to parks like Yosemite or Sequoias. That's why the nature is much more wild in here.
Park has amazing variation of landscape pictures and natural sights. From sulfur gazers to picturesque forests and rivers. And volcanoes!
The picture like this isn't just a set of hills. Some of them are real volcanoes!
This park is one of a very few places on entire planet which has all four volcanoes types in one place.
It definitely worth to make a stop in a place like this and take a walk. Most likely there will be a beautiful waterfall or some funny animals (or not so funny sometimes).
Views are astonishing!
Trails are in remarkably good shape. Signs are everywhere, it's hard to get lost if you follow the trail. However it's better to avoid any off-track hiking in Lassen park: gazers and various underground stuff are all around the place. You might simply go under the earth if you're not lucky enough.
By the time I finally got to the waterfall it already was about to the sunset. I had to rush my way back to the car and go to the camping.
There are almost no signs about the bears in the park. However on my way back I met a few people who told me they saw one just a few minutes before (it's so cool people tell each other about it). And really just a few minutes away from the car I saw a bear who was eating some grass.
This is my camp. It was the first time in backwoods so close to the wildness. I even woke up in the middle of the night, cause it felt like a bear started to roll my tent to its home. Fortunately there was no bear (:
It's not just a random place in the woods. It's an equipped camping site. There are restrooms and even a special lock for food. It's an extremely bad idea to leave something eatable outside the lock for the night. Especially in a car. Otherwise you can find an entire zoo in the morning.
It's exciting to wake up in the morning and find yourself surrounded with ground squirrels and other guys.
There was also a cool lake.
To get to unexplored part of the park I had to go around via Chester town. It looks very pretty.
They even have some historic sight.
I also learned how local alcohol law works. In order to sell it, bars and shops (at least in California and some other states) have to apply for a special license. Local people (if they aren't happy with a place to have a license) might go to court to stop the process and reject the application.
If you tired of hiking there's a horse farm. You can rent a horse and explore the park on it instead!
However this place is amazing for hiking.
There are sulfur springs and gazers. Water color is very unusual.
This time I also met the bear! It was just three meters away from me. However I managed to take a picture a bit away already.
Locals told me these bears aren't dangerous for people (unless you're trying to tease them). They follow vegetarian diet and don't touch people.
Boiling lake. The water is hot and it's forbidden to go away from trails. Otherwise you might fall under the ground.
Landscape on the way back.