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Lassen Peak


Lassen Peak is generally known as Mount Lassen. It is a volcanic peak in northern California, United States. It is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range. It is a part of Lassen Volcanic National Park which is a group of more than 30 volcanic domes.

The peak rises above the surrounding area to an elevation of 10,457 feet.  It was thought to be extinct but it erupted without warning on May 30, 1914. These eruptions continued until May 19, 1915. There is a possibility of a periodic cycle for volcanic activity in the area.


Fast Facts: –

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park covers an area of 106,452 acres. It was established in 1916.
  • This volcanic dome and the national park both are named after Peter Lassen. He was one of the few people to settle in the area
  • Peter Lassen also developed two pioneer trails in the area along with William Nobles.
  • This national park is home to more than 216 different bird species. They include the peregrine falcon, bald eagles, golden eagles, hummingbirds.
  • Luis Arguello, a Spanish officer, was the first European to sight this peak, in 1821.
  • Mount Lassen was intermittently active until 1921.
  • The first real settlers to the Lassen area came with the California Gold Rush.
  • This national park has four shield volcanoes including Raker Peak, Red Mountain, Mount Harkness and Prospect Peak.
  • A round trip on the hiking trail takes between 3 to 5 hours depending on level of fitness.



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