International Bike-a-Volcano Day

Every autumn or winter the road over the pass through Lassen Volcanic National Park closes due to heavy snowfall. Every spring crews clear the road of snow. During that springtime process, there is usually a window of a few days or weeks when the road is open to hiking and biking, but remains closed to motorized vehicles.

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11 response to "International Bike-a-Volcano Day"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: June 4, 2022

    International Bike a Volcano Day? Hmmmm, I don’t see that one on the list. I have a sneaking suspicion you made it up. If so, MAJOR KUDOS to you . . . self-invented holidays get extra credit here.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 4, 2022

      Well, I think International Bike-a-Volcano Day (first Friday every June) doesn’t get much recognition, because it is usually overshadowed by the far more popular and better-known National Bike-a-Volcano Day (every June 3rd) in the USA. I’m working with national and international organizers to combine the two and rebrand as Intergalactic Bike-a-Volcano Day, which should draw considerably more media attention and bicyclist participation. I’ll meet you on Olympus Mons next year!

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 4, 2022

        ;( Illinois gets left out.

        Closest thing we have is Hicks Dome in extreme southern IL and it is generally not regarded as a volcano.
        Massive steam explosion as magma encountered groundwater — its said.

        • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 4, 2022

          There are those in McLean County who suggest the world-famous Blue Mound is the last remnant of an ancient caldera. πŸ˜‰

          • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 4, 2022

            That would account for the rich soil — more or loess. πŸ™‚

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 6, 2022

      Decent photos are easy in landscapes like that. But I swear, year after year steep rides are not getting any easier.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: June 6, 2022

    Very nice ride and glad not too many car drivers were checking instagram so you could have a decent climb without too much traffic. Love the clear blue sky days without smoke in the air.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 6, 2022

      The Dixie fire chewed up much of the park last year. Fortunately, the visitor center and main campground survived. While the fire raged, every day I checked the map to see how much more of Lassen was burning. And now, after another extremely dry rainy season, it’s already fire season again.

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