We camped here last year and loved it. Going again this year has cemented it as an annual tradition. The whole of Lassen Volcanic National Park is a treasure and it's so weird that more people don't know about it. The campsites are clean and have bear lockers, nice big picnic tables, and fire pits. The bathrooms are clean and not smelly. Every now and then you will get a whiff of sulfur in the wind from the hydrothermal areas around the park but it's not bad at all. The hike around Manzanita Lake is low impact and you can get beautiful shots of Lassen Peak. We hiked Bumpass Hell this time which was medium-high impact (in my opinion) but the views and cool hydrothermal activity at the end is worth it. The camp store is incredibly well stocked and their swirl ice cream is delicious. Around 7:30 p.m. one evening a ranger came by to let us know about a ranger program later that evening and on a whim we went and ended up really enjoying learning about the ancient forest and all of the "superhero" organisms that help the forest grow. This is a great park and a great campsite. Go and explore!
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