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Lake Helen
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Lake Helen is one of the snowiest places in California, maybe the country. I have seen the lake still frozen and covered with snow in late July numerous times.

The snow survey station here set a snow depth record with 331 inches (27 feet, 8.4 meters) on the ground on March 31, 1983. It is estimated that over 600 inches (50 feet, 15 meters) of snow a year fall on the southwest slopes of Mount Lassen.


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From the road above Lake Helen, abundant snow remains into summer in most years

From the road above Lake Helen, abundant snow remains into summer in most years

From the road above Lake Helen, abundant snow remains into summer in most years

, California

Date photographed: July 31, 2006
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Snow and ice in July at Lake Helen

Snow and ice in July at Lake Helen

Lake Helen can be solidly covered with snow and ice well into the summer

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Date photographed: July 22, 2011
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Lake Helen frozen in July

Lake Helen frozen in July

Lake Helen still frozen in late July

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Date photographed: July 22, 2011
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Lake Helen, still frozen in late July, Lassen National Park

Lake Helen, still frozen in late July, Lassen National Park

Lake Helen, still frozen in late July, officially the snowiest place in California with an average of 55 feet per year, Lassen Volcanic National Park

, California

Date photographed: July 31, 2006
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