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Reach Higher Trail Challenge Kick-off At Lassen Volcanic National Park June 9th

Written by Charlie Pankey

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, June 9 and celebrate Early Season Conditions At Lassen Volcanic National Park 

Sierra Rec Magazine ~ June 7, 2018 –  Chester Ca – Participate in the Lassen Volcanic National Park Reach Higher Trail Challenge and earn a commemorative bandana.
Saturday, June 9, Lassen Volcanic celebrates National Get Outdoors Day with the annual Reach Higher Trail Challenge kick-off. “This year’s challenge celebrates the 50th anniversary of our National Trails System,” says Superintendent Jim Richardson. “We invite visitors to explore one of seven National Trails in, or adjacent to, the park.” Lassen contains all three types of National Trails: historic, recreation, and scenic. Hikers who complete at least three hikes in the park and note them in a trail challenge brochure will earn a free commemorative bandana courtesy of the Lassen Association, a non-profit park partner.
The Trail Challenge kicks-off on National Get Outdoors Day, June 9, 2018. 

Event Time: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM Pacific
Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Chester, CA —

Pick up a participation brochure at park visitor centers beginning June 9, 2018. Hike trails in the park and calculate your approximate calories burned for each hike. Return the completed brochure to receive your free bandana.
Take the Reach Higher Trail Challenge and take your fitness level to new heights! Participants hike trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park and calculate their approximate calories burned for each hike to earn a commemorative bandana. Are you ready for the challenge?
REach Higher Lassen Volcanic National Park
To participate:

  1. Pick-up a participation brochure at an entrance station, the Loomis Museum, or the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center beginning June 9 2018.
  2. Select one of three challenge levels that is most appropriate for your experience and fitness level.
  3. Choose from any of the 150 miles of trails in the park and get hiking!
  4. Calculate your approximate calories burned for each hike using a table provided in the participation brochure.
  5. Share your results with a park ranger to receive your commemorative bandana and sign the participate roster (optional).

Lassen Volcanic is gearing up for the summer season with its annual Reach Higher Trail Challenge, additional campground openings, and ranger-led programs.
Manzanita Lake and Southwest Walk-in Campgrounds are open for the season. Butte Lake and Warner Valley Campgrounds open Friday, June 8 along with Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Lost Creek Campground will open June 15 and Summit and Juniper Lake Campgrounds open June 29. Fees for selected campgrounds increased by two dollars on January 1, 2018, along with certain entrance fees. Learn more at

Campers can receive a free refillable one-pound propane cylinder in exchange for two used cylinders on Saturday, June 9. Representatives from California Product Stewardship Council will be at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center from 10 am to 2 pm to share information about refillable propane cylinders and the free, safe disposal program offered in partnership with Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency, CalRecycle, and Green Waste of Tehama.
Ranger-led programs begin June 15. Visit for a schedule and descriptions. Summer special events include the Lassen Dark Sky Festival, August 3 through 4 and Day in the Park Festival and Reach the Peak Hike-a-Thon on August 11.
Hiking trails in lower elevations of the park are mostly snow-free. Trails in higher elevations are still mostly snow-covered. The Lassen Peak Trail is open and is mostly snow-covered. Sturdy hiking boots, traction devices like crampons or microspikes, and trekking poles are highly recommended. Please stay on the marked trail for your safety and to prevent erosion. Orange wands are in place to help identify the trail where it is snow-covered.
The Bumpass Hell Trail is closed for the year for a rehabilitation project. Sulphur Works is the most accessible Lassen Volcanic National Parkalternative hydrothermal area in the park and is located along the park highway, one-mile north of the Southwest Entrance. Hikes in the Warner Valley area provide access to other hydrothermal areas including Devils Kitchen and Boiling Springs Lake. Parking in Warner Valley is limited.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The Loomis Museum is openFriday through Sunday and then daily beginning June 18.
For more information, please visit; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or; or find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Flickr as

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