Lassen National Forest

Lassen National Forest is a United States national forest that is located in the state of California. The forest holds 1,070,344 acres and was established in 1905 as Lassen Peak Forest Reserve, which would become Lassen National Forest only a few months later. The forest surrounds Lassen Volcanic National Park, which was established in 1916, and it holds three designated wilderness areas including Thousand Lakes Wilderness and Ishi Wilderness. It is bordered by the Modoc Plateau in the east, California’s Central Valley in the west, and by the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the south.

Lassen National Forest features many lakes and other water sources, lava flows, and cinder cones and holds about 92,000 acres of old growth forests. These areas contain a number of tree species including Ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, red fir, and Sierra Nevada mixed conifer species, all of which provide an important source of lumber.

Lassen National Forest is known for many events, including the Lassen Peak eruption in 1915, which was the first volcanic eruption in the continental United States to be photographed. It is also known for being the home of the “last wild’ native American, known as Ishi, and for holding the first wildlife area that was protected before the establishment of federal wilderness systems. Lassen National Forest can be accessed from many areas in California including Sacramento and San Francisco. The forest offers a variety of activities including hiking, cave viewing, picnicking, and camping.

Image Caption: Echo Lake — in Lassen National Forest, Northern California. Credit: Marcia Wright/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)