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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Mike White, Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press).
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