Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park

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  • The hike to bumpass hell is nice but not recommended for strolleys and elderly since it can be a little steep at some places. The location itself is nice but somehow disappointing since quite small. T...  more »
  • In the visitor center, this was advertised as the best hike for us to do with our three young kids. We had fun, but it turned out to be more difficult than advertised, and as frequent visitors to Yell...  more »
  • My first hike at Lassen and the first time for me seeing Yellowstone-esque features. Definitely a must-do. It has nice views at the beginning of the hike, and the destination has really neat color com...  more »
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  • I call it a wonderful and horrible experience. A must see and do. The place does not seem real and is out of place in its beautiful mountain setting. But volcanic reality steams forth here abundantly. Prepare for an assault on your eyes and nose. 😷
  • This was the coolest trail! It's a moderate hike, only because of some elevation drops and gains, but well worth it. It's comparable to Yellowstone on a much smaller level.
  • Definitely worth going, even if long walk to get there. Make sure you have good walking boots. If hot then bring shade and water
  • Beautiful trail. Recommended season May-November. Most of the roads are closed during the winter, due to snow.
  • The hike in to it gave us a great view of the area. The parking lot was full, and if it is when you get there, park on the side of the road by the lake. The trail in passes near it and it will save you a quarter mile of walking if you park there. There are great spots to pause and take pictures or to breathe on the path. When you get there, be sure to walk around on the walkway. You can get different views of the mudpots. The smell of sulfur can be strong, but not over whelming. It is named after a guy that walked around and fell through the seemingly strong crust, and lost his leg, it was badly burned, so I encourage you to stay on the wooden walkway..

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Where to stay in Lassen Volcanic National Park

You have no shortage of options for camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park contains about 400 sites spread out over eight developed campgrounds, some of which offer amenities such as flush toilets. The sites sometimes fill up on the weekends in summer, so try to arrive early on Friday if you don't have a reservation. The park also provides structured accommodation in camping cabins at Manzanita Lake and a lodge, cabins, and bungalows at Drakesbad Guest Ranch. A handful of lodges and cabin-style resorts sit in the Mineral Area. The town of Chester on the south side of the park offers a mix of inns, motels, lodges, camps, and outdoors-oriented resorts in a tranquil setting beside Lake Almanor.
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