Bumpass Hell Trail

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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Bumpass Hell Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 8,190 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 709 feet. The Bumpass Hell Parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and a survey point. The trail ends near the Bumpass Hell attraction.
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Bumpass Hell Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 8,190 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 709 feet. The Bumpass Hell Parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and a survey point. The trail ends near the Bumpass Hell attraction.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 709 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 8,190 feet
Top Elevation: 8,383 feet
Parks: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 8167/8383 ft
Elevation Start/End: 8190/8190 ft

Bumpass Hell Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Bumpass Hell’s evocative name suits it perfectly. Like its moniker, this geothermal area is a combination of the whimsical and the ominous. Fantastically colored superheated water swirls and bubbles in large pools, and burping mudpots are endlessly entertaining, but columns of hot steam and the wickedly rotten scent of volcanic gases (not to mention the numerous warning signs posted alongside boardwalks) are vivid reminders of the violence of the area. Highlights: This trail leads to a large, colorful hydrothermal area that is arguably the most spectacular in the park."

"With a wide array of steaming fumaroles, gurgling mud pots, and boiling hot springs, the 16-acre hydrothermal site known as Bumpass Hell is one of Lassen Volcanic’s more interesting areas, a fact evidenced by the packed parking lot between the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays.

The largest of the park’s hydrothermal areas, Bumpass Hell is the result of fissures that connect to volcanic heat as far as 3 miles beneath the earth’s crust. Interpretive signs along a boardwalk explain the interesting hydrothermal activity. But that activity is not the only highlight of the trail, which includes excellent views of Lake Helen, Lassen Peak, and additional summits across the deep cleft of Little Hot Springs Valley. Due to the high elevation and aspect of the trail from the parking area to Bumpass Hell, snowfields tend to linger here well into summer. Although the Park Service recommends decent footwear and hiking poles when snow is present, tourists wearing flip-flops routinely make the journey to Bumpass Hell and back without any severe misfortune."

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7/17/2009
Love this trail. Beautiful in its own right yet leads to a wonderful, smelly, bubbling pit of geologic wonder. Both kids, a teenager and toddler, thoroughly enjoyed it.
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8/13/2007
The mud pots, fumeroles and other volcanic activity at the end of this hike is one of the most interesting parts of the park. Even though part of the boardwalk is currently blocked off, it's still worth doing. Note, you can save about a quarter mile walk each way by parking along the road by Lake Helen and picking up the trail there, instead of using the official parking lot.
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