Introducing Mt Lassen & Around
Lassen Volcanic National Park and Shasta Lake are the Lassen area’s most popular destinations, however, there are many other treasured spots in the region to explore. Redding is the region’s gateway city, and the last sizable town in this northern part of the state. The city is not a tourist destination (though it promotes itself as such), but it does make a fine base from which to venture out into the surrounding scenic wilderness. Lovely forest-framed Whiskeytown Lake is a short jaunt to the west on Hwy 299, and vast Shasta Lake is easily accessible 15 minutes north along I-5. Lassen Volcanic National Park is only 50 miles from Redding, close enough to be enjoyed on a daytrip. However, to really do justice to the park and to yourself, you’ll want to invest a few days exploring that area.
From Lassen Volcanic National Park you can take one of two very scenic routes: Hwy 36, which heads east past Chester, Lake Almanor and historic Susanville; or Hwy 89, which heads southeast to the cozy mountain town of Quincy.