Lassen Volcanic

Winter/Spring 2020/2021

brochure Lassen Volcanic - Winter/Spring 2020/2021

Winter and Spring edition of the Visitor Guide to Lassen Volcanic National Park (NP) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Lassen Volcanic Winter/Spring Guide Visitors at the sledding area behind the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center in the Southwest Area. Welcome! Lassen Volcanic National Park receives as much as 30 feet of snow in its winter season. The resulting snowpack often lasts more than half of the year (approximately November to June). Despite the heavy snowfall, sunny skies are common between storms. These windows of "blue bird" days provide excellent opportunities to explore the park by snowshoe or ski or to simply enjoy the sights and sounds of winter. Vehicle Access The Manzanita Lake and Southwest Areas of the park are accessible throughout the winter season. Visitors can travel two miles from SR-44 to the Loomis Plaza in the Manzanita Lake Area or five miles north of SR-36 to the Kohm Yahmah-nee Visitor Center in the Southwest Area (see map on page 3). The park highway is closed to through traffic due to snow approximately November through May. During heavy winters, the highway may close to through traffic as early as late-October and open as late as mid-July. Other park roads to Juniper Lake, Butte Lake, and Warner Valley Areas are also closed in winter. Two routes around the park connect the Manzanita Lake and Southwest Areas. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours in normal winter driving conditions. Learn more on page 8. Inside this Guide Content Page Manzanita Lake Area Steep slopes and sweeping vistas abound in the Southwest Area of the park. Beginning at 6,700 feet elevation, this area receives the most snow. The visitor center here is an excellent first stop for new winter explorers. See page 3 for location. Manzanita Lake Area (5,800 elevation) consists of gentle slopes and scenic lakes. It offers the easiest routes for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the park. See page 3 for location. Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center The plaza includes a heated restroom, pay phone, and informational signage. The far end of the plaza is one of multiple access points for the Manzanita Lake loop. Access to exhibits and the park film may be limited due to COVID-19 response. The information desk and park store are available when the building is open. See hours on page 2. Light snacks and hot drinks are available on weekends only between 11 am and 2 pm. Sulphur Works Hydrothermal Area This 1.8-mile loop offers spectacular views of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags. Pick up the trail anywhere between the entrance station and Loomis Plaza. This trail follows a narrow shoreline and is not recommended for skiing. More on page 6. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the park's most accessible hydrothermal area. Snowshoe or ski one mile from the visitor center along the snow-covered park highway to reach this steamy spot. Learn more on page 7. 3 General Information 4 Winter Wildlife 5 Manzanita Lake Area Winter Routes 6 Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding Southwest Winter Routes 7 Winter Travel 8 Experienced backcountry users will appreciate the spectacular terrain and uncommon solitude in the Southwest Area. Learn more about avalanche safety and routes on page 7. @LassenNPS #FindYourPark Manzanita Lake Snowshoe Route Smaller, gentler slopes are located directly behind the visitor center. Steeper slopes are accessed via a short walk along the snow-covered park highway. Sled with caution; sledding is the number one cause of visitor injury in the winter season. Winter Preparedness and Safety Share Your Experience Loomis Plaza Sledding/Snow Play Area 2 Visit nps.gov/lavo Email lavo_information@nps.gov Call (530) 595-4480 Write P.O. Box 100, Mineral, CA 96063 Winter/Spring 2020 - 2021 Southwest Area Facilities and Services Need More Help? National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Maintain a safe distance from hydrothermal features. Visitors have been severely burned by hot mud and water. Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks Postponed until 2022 Ranger-led snowshoe walks will not be offered this year due to COVID-19 response. Cross-Country Skiing The snow-covered park highway is the most popular cross-country ski route in the park. The Manzanita Lake Area offers a gentler and more gradual climb than in the Southwest Area. There are no groomed trails in the park, however ski tracks often last between storms along this wellshaded corridor. Learn more on page 6. Sledding Areas Small hills on the northern shore of Manzanita Lake and in the Chaos Jumbles Area can be fun with small children or those new to sledding. Steeper terrain can be found at the popular Eskimo Hill snow play area located 1.2 miles east of the park turnoff on SR-44/89 (map on page 3). Sled with caution; sledding is the number one cause of visitor injury in the winter season. This visitor guide is made possible through the support of the Lassen Association. Facilities and Services Availability of Facilities and Services Services Southwest Area Manzanita Lake Area M Information Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center open Wed-Sun, 9 am - 5 pm plus Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents' Day Information kiosks in Loomis Plaza (unstaffed) = First Aid In visitor center during regular hours Call 911 after hours - emergency phone in 24-hour vestibule Call 911 - pay phone in Loomis Plaza E Fuel No winter fuel services in the park; nearby gas stations shown on the regional map on page 8 m Restrooms Inside the 24-hour vestibule at visitor center entrance In Loomis Plaza Ö Supplies & Gifts Gift Shop and Lassen Association Store inside (see hours below) Not available W Lodging No winter lodging in the park October through May View information about accommodations in the area at go.nps.gov/lavo/lodging } Dining Light snacks and hot drinks weekends, 11 am - 2 pm Vending machine items available Wed-Sun, 9 am - 5 pm Not available − Campground Southwest Campground open for oversnow camping Camping in vehicles (not tents) permitted between islands in parking area Not available ç Backcountry Permits Self-registration inside visitor center 24-hour vestibule Self-registration outside Ranger Station Southwest Area Facilities and Services Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center The visitor center may close at any time due to inclement weather. Please do not camp or cook inside the vestibule. Winter Season Open 0 Hours 11 am to 2 pm Days Weekends only* *May also be open on selected holiday period weekdays. More at go.nps.gov/lavo/hours. Lassen Association Store Open during visitor center hours Browse books, maps, trail guides, and videos about the park’s natural and cultural history at the Lassen Association store. Choose from a wide selection of educational gift merchandise to enhance your park experience and take home as memories. All profits go directly to the park. Lost & Found Retrieve lost items or drop off found items inside the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi is available at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. You must open a browser and agree to terms of use to connect to NPS Visitor WiFi. Please note that bandwidth is very limited and service may be slow or unavailable during busy times. 200 Feet m Keep Clear Falling snow and ice Mondays and Tuesdays Thanksgiving and Christmas Browse the gift shop for souvenirs including art and crafts from local artists, or enjoy café offerings including self-serve frozen items, snacks, and hot and cold beverages during operating hours. You are also welcome to bring your own meal to enjoy in the dining area. 100 Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Wednesday through Sunday 9 am to 5 pm Lassen Café & Gift North Safest paths around building November 1 through April 30 January 18, 2021 (MLK Day) February 15, 2021 (Presidents’ Day) Closed Southwest Area Map z Sledding Area Sulphur Works 1 mile do not sled z Please into walkway Snow ramp to snow-covered highway and sledding area No Camping Snow clearing hazard 2Ä ` Park Highway Winter Route ké Overnight Parking Area Separate tracks for skiers and snowshoer/hikers − Road closed here in winter Southwest Entrance Station Pay Camping & Entrance Fees Here Oversnow − Tent Camping Pay fee at entrance station Water Treatment Building ké− Winter Camping The Southwest Campground is open for oversnow camping. Fires and fire pans are not permitted in the winter. Self-contained barbecues are allowed in the paved parking area. The fee for tent or vehicle camping is $10 per night. Tents are permitted only in the oversnow tent camping area, not in the parking area. Overnight vehicles must park between islands to allow for snow plowing operations. Please self-register at 2 the entrance station. Winter Roads and Services Map 44 89 Road closed here in winter Eskimo Hill Snow Play Area 1.2 miles US Forest Service Facility Butte Lake Area Chaos Jumbles 44 Road closed here in winter Not accessible by vehicle in winter Manzanita Lake Area Loomis Plaza ^Mm7äi Manzanita Lake Entrance Station Information kiosks only Ranger Station not staffed regularly Devastated Area Park Highway Winter Route Lassen Peak Closed to vehicles in winter Ä2 Juniper Lake Area Not accessible by vehicle in winter Lake Helen Southwest Area Sulphur Works Warner Valley Area Not accessible by vehicle in winter 9 1 1 ^M=mÖ7 k− Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Road closed here in winter Road closed here in winter Southwest Entrance Station 89 To McGowan Cross-Country Ski Area 2.5 miles US Forest Service Facility Road closed here in winter To Chester To 36 ^ Parking M Information = First Aid m Restrooms Emergency Phone Ö Food, Supplies, Gifts 7 Water ä Pay Phone i Ranger Station Wi-Fi k − Camping Cell Service 9 1 1 Closure Gate Plowed Roads North Roads Closed for Winter Park Highway Oversnow Route 0 0 2 Kilometers 1 1 2 Miles Other Oversnow Routes Even in winter conditions, you can improve your comfort and safety by dressing properly. You are responsible for your safety. Wear clothes in several layers including waterproof outwear, warm underlayers, a hat, and gloves. Avoid cotton clothes of any kind, including jeans, sweatshirts, underwear, or socks. They retain moisture and put you at risk for hypothermia. Wear polyester or wool whenever possible, these fabrics wick moisture from your skin and help keep you dry. Wear sunglasses to protect from light reflected by snow; polarized lenses are best. Know the Risks Enjoying winter at Lassen involves risk. Be aware of and prepared for winter conditions and their associated risks: • Deep snow/heavy snowfall • Sudden changes in weather • Cold temperatures • Sun exposure • Avalanche terrain • Sport-related injuries (sledding is the number one cause of injury) • High elevation/altitude effects NIC NATI CA O OL A few suggestions to help you improve your safety: XP ARK LP NA Are You Prepared? E Dress for Success LASSEN V Winter Preparedness and Safety LO RE SAF Y EL Weather With elevations from 5,650 feet to 10,457 feet, a wide variety of weather conditions occur in the park. Expect a 5° temperature decrease for every 1,000 foot increase in elevation. Wear waterproof and insulated footwear Month Average High/Low Date Sunrise Sunset Bring water and extra food November 56/21 oF 11/15 6:55 am 4:51 pm Carry extra layers for warmth December 50/14 12/15 7:25 am 4:43 pm January 50/13 oF 1/15 7:31 am 5:06 pm February 51/13 2/15 7:03 am 5:44 pm March 53/16 oF 3/15* 7:20 am 7:17 pm April 61/23 oF 4/15 6:30 am 7:49 pm 5/15 5:52 am 8:20 pm Take breaks often Carry sunscreen and sunglasses Bring a flashlight or headlamp Finish your outing before dark Tell someone where you are going and when you will return o o F F Data for Manzanita Lake Area (5,850 ft elevation) Daylight savings time begins 3/14/21 Check the weather forecast at the visitor center or online at go.nps.gov/lavo/current Effects of High Elevation Hiking at high elevation can aggravate preexisting medical conditions. Carry plenty of water, take breaks often, and do not exceed your abilities. If you start to experience any symptoms of altitude sickness (headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, confusion, pain behind the eyes, nausea), descend immediately. Seek medical attention from a ranger or doctor. 3 General Information Spring Snow Clearing Spring road clearing near the Southwest Entrance and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snow removal from the park highway usually begins in April and continues for about two months before the highway opens to through traffic. Visit go.nps.gov/lavo/snowclearing for spring road information. The high-elevation park highway encompasses 30 miles of stunning views with hairpin turns, steep grades, and avalanche-prone slopes with up to 2,000-foot drops. The steep terrain combined with heavy snowfall can result in snowdrifts up to 40 feet deep. Predicting when the highway will open is not possible, even in late spring, because weather in April and May can affect plowing progress significantly. See the chart below for opening and closing dates for the last ten years. Year Date plowing began Date road opened Date road closed 2010 April 19 July 8 October 23 2011 April 19 July 16 November 22 2012 April 21 June 1 November 19 2013 March 21 May 24 December 18 2014 April 2 May 19 December 1 2015 March 30 May 3 November 8 2016 April 18 June 12 October 30 2017 April 4 July 26 November 10 2018 March 30 May 27 November 20 2019 April 22 June 22 November 29 2020 March 19 May 29 * Spring Hiking and Biking Hike and Bike the Highway (HBH) is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy cleared sections of the highway before they open to vehicles. The park highway usually opens in segments as snow clearing operations progress. The usual order of opening is: ô Accessibility ` Dogs in the Park Facilities in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Plaza are accessible. An Accessibility Guide to Lassen Volcanic is available at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and online at go.nps.gov/lavo/access. Dogs and other pets are welcome in parking areas and in the Loomis Plaza. Pets must be leashed at all times and are not permitted on trails/routes (including over the snow) or inside visitor centers or other facilities. Service animals are allowed in all facilities and on all trails unless an area has been closed by the superintendent to protect park resources. Service animals must always be leashed or harnessed, under control, and attended at all times. Why Are Dogs Limited to Paved Areas? ç Backcountry Permits Backcountry camping permits are required for overnight use outside of the Southwest Campground. Self-registration is available outside the Loomis Ranger Station and in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center 24-hour vestibule. Cell Service Cell service (AT&T and Verizon) is very limited in the park and surrounding areas. View spots with limited coverage on the map on page 3. Entrance Fees All visitors must pay an entrance fee. Display your fee receipt, Lassen Annual Pass, or Interagency Pass on your vehicle’s dashboard. Entrance fee payment is usually self-serve and cannot be paid at the visitor center. Bring a check or exact change or purchase an annual pass online prior to your visit. 1-7 Day Vehicle Fee December 1 to April 15 - $10 April 16 to November 30 - $30 Annual Passes Lassen Annual Pass - $55 Also valid at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Visit www.pay.gov or call (530) 595-6120. Interagency Passes The passes listed below cover all national park units and other federal recreation areas with entrance fees. Visit storeusgs.gov/pass or call 888-ASK-USGS ext1. Pass Price Annual $80 Senior $20 Annual / $80 Lifetime Access Free with documentation of permanent disability Military Free with identification CAC Card/DD Form 1173 4th Grade Free at everykidoutdoors.gov All dogs leave behind a territorial scent that disrupts the behavior of native animals like the Sierra Nevada red fox. Dogs are predators that could chase, scare, kill, and transmit diseases to wild animals. Wild animals can transmit diseases including bubonic plague to pets (and then to humans). Pets are permitted in most areas of the surrounding Lassen National Forest. Learn more about the McGowan Ski Area near the Southwest Entrance on page 7 or other nearby areas to take your pet at go.nps.gov/lavo/pets. = Emergencies If you have an emergency call 911. If phone service is not available, contact a park employee, go to the Loomis Ranger Station, or use the emergency phone in the 24-hour vestibule of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Equipment Rental Equipment rental is not available in the park. Equipment rental is available in Mineral, Childs Meadow, Chester, Redding, and Chico. Firearms Visitors are responsible for understanding and complying with all applicable State of California, local, and federal firearms laws. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park identified by posted signs at public entrances. For more information visit oag.ca.gov/firearms or email lavo_information@nps.gov. Fourth graders and their families can get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. Loomis Museum to Devastated Area - 10 mi Southwest Entrance to Sulphur Works - 1 mi Sulphur Works to Bumpass Hell parking - 7 mi Lassen Peak parking area - 8 mi Open to through traffic - 30 mi You can view which segments of the highway will be open during your visit on the spring road opening map at go.nps.gov/lavo/snowclearing. Generally, the timing of openings is largely dependent on snow depth, snow clearing operations, and conditions at the time of anticipated opening. Learn more about HBH at go.nps.gov/hbh. Park Partners Lassen Association is a non-profit partner that promotes the discovery of Lassen Volcanic, enriches the experience of visitors, and supports the preservation and protection of the park for future generations. Lassen Park Foundation provides Shop the Store, Support Your Park Profits from Lassen Association stores directly support park research, conservation, and education programs. Browse a wide selection of books, maps, trail guides, videos, and educational gifts in park stores or online at lassenassociation.org. With the generosity and dedication of our supporters, the non-profit Park Foundation has provided funding for projects including the winter snowshoe education program, Kohm Yahmah-nee Visitor Center, and Volcano Adventure Camp (youth camping facility). Lassen Association (530) 348-2670 lassenassociation@yahoo.com www.lassenassociation.org philanthropic support to Lassen Volcanic National Park and invites all, especially youth, to experience and preserve the natural and cultural resources of this special place. Please become a Friend of Lassen by contributing to the Lassen Park Foundation! Your donation is tax-deductible. Lassen Park Foundation (530) 768-1110 info@lassenparkfoundation.org www.lassenparkfoundation.org 4 Protect Yourself—Protect the Park Recreate Responsibly Prohibited Activities The National Park Service encourages all visitors to make responsible decisions and follow Center for Disease Control guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19: These activities are dangerous or destructive and carry legal penalties, including fines: Practice social distancing. Maintain at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) of distance between you and others. Wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze (not with your hands). Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Most importantly, please return home and stay at home if you feel sick. Access to and availability of park services and facilities may be impacted by COVID-19 response. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we adapt for the safety of both staff and visitors. View current modifications at go.nps.gov/lavo/current. Bringing pets on trails or routes; including over the snow or in a carrier. Camping outside of designated campsites or overnight parking areas. Feeding wildlife (includes littering). Launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft (drones) on park lands and waters. Snowmobiling within park boundaries. Carrying a firearm into park buildings. Become a Junior Ranger Kids age five and older are invited to participate in our Junior Ranger program. Choose from a variety of activities to earn an official Junior Ranger badge. Our younger explorers are welcome to participate in the Chipmunk Club. Kids can learn more about wildlife in the park and earn a Chipmunk Club sticker. Pick up your Chipmunk Club card or Junior Ranger booklet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or print one online at go.nps.gov/lavo/jr. Traveling or camping too close to hydrothermal areas. Visitors have been severely injured by walking too close to hydrothermal features. This is only a partial list of regulations. For more information, consult 36 Code of Federal Regulations and the Superintendent's Compendium available at go.nps.gov/lavo/regs. Winter Wildlife Can you spot these winter residents or signs of their presence such as tracks or scat? These animals have adaptations to survive Lassen's harsh winters, such as storing food and developing thicker coats. Lassen's Own Sierra Nevada Red Fox Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri This large, dark jay swoops on its broad, rounded wings. Keep an eye on your winter picnic as they are quick to spot unattended food. Steller's and Blue jays are the only northern American jays with crests. Mountain Chickadee Poecile gambeli Sparrow-sized, small-billed bird often sighted in trees throughout the winter months. Makes two distinctive calls, "chicka-dee-dee-de" and another that sounds strikingly like "cheeseburger!" Clark's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana This member of the crow family caches thousands of seeds each year. Easy to spot throughout the park as they swoop between trees. Listen for their frequent long, grating calls. Snowshoe Hare Lepus americanus Slightly larger than rabbits, with taller hind legs and longer ears. Their large, furry feet help them move atop snow and a snow-white winter coat turns brown when the snow melts each spring. American "Pine" Marten Martes americana Cat-sized weasel with a long, slender body, short legs, rounded ears, and a bushy tail. The marten may be active as little as 15% of the day in the winter. Spotted occasionally in the Southwest Area. Help Keep Wild Animals Wild Enjoy your food, but please do not share with park animals. Winter residents each have their own special adaptations that help them survive the long winter season. Bad for wildlife: A Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) captured on a motion-sensor camera in Lassen Volcanic. Wildlife can become dependent on people for food. Animals that cannot find food on their own may starve. Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of two known habitats for Sierra Nevada red fox (SNRF). Although once found throughout the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade mountain ranges, the species is now one of the rarest mammals in California. Wild animals can become unhealthy or die from eating human food instead of their natural food. Researchers estimate the Lassen area population consists of only about 20 individuals, based on survey findings from 2009 to 2011. An ongoing survey effort in and around Lassen Volcanic may provide our best opportunity for understanding and fostering Lassen’s native red fox. Animals that are fed can become nuisances and may have to be destroyed. Smaller in size than low-elevation red foxes, SNRFs generally weigh 4.5 to 9 pounds, have a narrow pointed muzzle, large pointy ears, and a slender body and legs. SNRFs are typically yellowish to reddish brown, but, despite their name, can also be black or silver. Handsome dark-brown markings adorn the top of their ears and shins, and white covers their chest and stomach. Their bushy fox tail always has a white tip, is long and flowing and carried close to the ground where it adds an additional dimension to their length. Fed animals hang around parking lots and roads and could be hit and killed by cars. Bad for you: Small rodents and birds can and will bite the hand that feeds them, transmitting a variety of diseases. Animals may carry rabies and you will have to get shots if bitten. Fed animals lose their wariness of people and become aggressive. Larger animals, such as deer, have been known to buck or kick suddenly and cause serious injuries. Wildlife may carry diseases that your pets are not protected from. ö Report a Red Fox Sighting If you observe a red fox or signs of its presence in the Sierra Nevada, Southern Cascade, or Klamath mountain ranges above 2,500 feet elevation, please report your observation by providing: date and time observed, location, terrain (e.g. rocky slope/ forest/meadow), photos, and GPS location. Learn more or report a sighting at go.nps.gov/lavo/SNRF. 2.3 - 3.1 inches long These fox prints and scat seen on the snow-covered Lassen Park Highway last winter suggest SNRFs use ski and snowshoe tracks to facilitate winter travel and may be sighted in the vicinity. 5 Manzanita Lake Area Winter Routes Beginner Routes Intermediate Routes Manzanita Lake Snowshoe Loop Chaos Jumbles Area Manzanita Creek Distance: 1.2+ miles round-trip Elevation: 5,900 to 6,187 feet Average Time: 1+ hour Distance: 7.5 miles round-trip Elevation: 5,850 to 7,100 feet Average Skiing Time: 6 hours Begin near the Loomis Ranger Station and circle the lake in either direction. This route provides excellent views of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags. Please stay off lake ice, it is unstable and shores may be difficult to recognize under snow. Head up the park highway for 0.6 mile to an open area of stunted trees. Veer to the right up toward Chaos Crags. Here, the undulating topography slopes up into the bowl of the Crags. The terrain is easy to moderately difficult with excellent views at the higher elevations. From the Loomis Ranger Station, cross a footbridge, then turn right onto the Manzanita Lake Campground road. Travel through the campground to the Manzanita Creek trailhead sign. The route is mostly a gradual climb. Beware of avalanche chutes off of Loomis Peak that may reach the upper end of the route. Reflection Lake Snowshoe Loop Chaos Crags Route This route is not recommended for skiing Distance: 1.8 mile loop Elevation: 5,800 to 5,850 feet Average Time: 1.5 hours This route is not recommended for skiing Park Highway Destinations Distance: 0.5 mile loop Elevation: 5,800 feet Average Time: 30 minutes Distance: 4 miles round-trip Elevation: 5,900 to 6,650 feet Average Time: 3-4 hours Begin at the shore across the highway from the Loomis Museum and circle the lake in either direction. It may be necessary to follow the park highway for a short section of the lake edge closest to the road. Please stay off lake ice, it may be unstable and shores can be difficult to recognize under snow. Cross the footbridge by the Loomis Ranger Station, turn left and follow the road to the Chaos Crags Trailhead sign. Follow yellow tree markers as the route climbs steeply up to a ridge. If you decide to descend to Crags Lake, beware of potential rockfall and high winds. The park highway route begins at the road closure gate just beyond the Loomis Plaza parking area. Destinations beyond Lost Creek Campground area are recommended for overnight trips only. This route is not recommended for skiing Lost Creek Campground Distance: 4 miles one-way Elevation: 5,628 feet Estimated Time: 3-4 hours Nobles Emigrant Route Manzanita Campground Loop Distance: 5.2 miles round-trip Elevation: 5,875 to 6,275 feet Average Skiing Time: 3-4 hours Distance: 1.5 mile loop Elevation: 5,800 feet Average Skiing Time: 1.5 hours Pick up the route north of Reflection Lake or at the trailhead off a service road west of Reflection Lake. Follow the orange tree markers along the base of Table Mountain. The trail climbs over a flank of Table Mountain into fir forest and rejoins the park highway at Sunflower Flat. Return the way you came or via the park highway to make a loop. Cross the footbridge by the Loomis Ranger Station, turn right and follow the road to the campground for approximately a quarter mile to where it turns to the right through a set of large rocks. The route covers a half-mile loop through several sections of the campground. Sunflower Flat Distance: 2.5 miles one-way Elevation: 5,995 feet Estimated Time: 2 hours Hot Rock Distance: 6.7 miles one-way Elevation: 6,157 feet Estimated Time: Overnight Devastated Area Distance: 8.7 miles one-way Elevation: 6,456 feet Estimated Time: Overnight Manzanita Lake Area Winter Routes Map Winter Etiquette 2Ä 1.5mi 2.4km Lost Creek Campground Table Mountain 5628ft 1715m 6919ft 2108m te Sunflower Flat 5995ft 1827m 2.7mi 4.3km 1.9mi 3.1km Yield to faster skiers or downhill traffic Step to the side to allow skiers traveling downhill to safely pass. In all other cases, yield to those traveling uphill, as they are working harder and have the right of way. Reflection Lake Loop 0.6mi 1.0km 1.8mi 2.9km Hot Rock 2.0mi 3.2km 6157ft 1877m Crags aos Ro Ch ut e Loomis Plaza Hw 1.5mi 2.4km 6650ft 2027m k Par Manzanita Lake Loop Chaos Jumbles 5900ft | 1798m y 8530ft 2592m CHA Manzanita Lake Campground Loop AG Devastated Area 6456ft 1968m S re ek za n n aC 3.4mi 5.4km te CR Ma nit nza Ma OS 2.0mi 3.2km Ro u it a ute Ro Cr ee k 0 2 Kilometers 1 0 1 North 2 Miles Park Highway Ski/Snowshoe Trail Ski/Snowshoe Trails 1.5mi 2.4km 7100ft 2164m Distance Indicator Lassen Peak 10457ft 3187m Please be courteous and do not walk in ski tracks. r) 0.5mi 0.8km Snowshoe parallel to the ski track Using a separate track ensures snowshoers remain clear of downhill skiers. Eagle Peak 9222ft 2811m in w inte 2.8mi 4.5km Destinations beyond Lost Creek Campground recommended for overnight trips only. sed s b le o N t an gr i Em u Ro Do not walk on ski tracks Footprints and snowshoe tracks create hazards that make skiing more difficult. 6 Southwest Area Winter Routes Beginner Routes Intermediate Routes Advanced Routes Sulphur Works Ridge Lakes Brokeoff Mountain Distance: 2 miles round-trip Elevation: 6,700 to 7,000 feet Average Skiing Time: 1 hour Distance: 4 miles round-trip Elevation: 7,000 to 8,000 feet Average Skiing Time: 4 hours Distance: 7 miles round-trip Elevation: 6,650 to 9,250 feet Average Skiing Time: 8 hours Marvel at boiling mudpots and steam vents at Sulphur Works hydrothermal area. Follow the park highway route from the southwest parking area. The left side of the route is bordered by steep side hills, be aware of avalanche danger. For your safety, do not travel or camp in or near hydrothermal areas. The snow surrounding these areas may look solid, but may actually be a weak snow layer hiding pools of acidic boiling water. Maintain a safe distance from hydrothermal features. Visitors have been severely burned by hot mud and water. Follow the park highway route from the southwest parking area about ¾ mile and cross the bridge before Sulphur Works. The route begins at the north end of the flat area to the left. The route climbs rapidly along the east side of West Sulphur Creek to the Ridge Lakes basin. Several good camping spots can be found on the north shore of Ridge Lakes. If weather is severe, more protected camping can be found about ¼ mile below Ridge Lakes along its outlet creek. Avoid the area south of Ridge Lakes during periods of avalanche danger. Traditional routes use the Forest Lake route or the summer trail that begins near the park entrance. Numerous avalanche paths exist on all aspects of the mount

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