Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park

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  • This is a moderately strenuous hike and is one of the few areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park that was not badly damaged by the 2021 Dixie Fire. There are burned areas on either side of the trail....  more
    This is a moderately strenuous hike and is one of the few areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park that was not badly damaged by the 2021 Dixie Fire. There are burned areas on either side of the trail....  more »
  • Visit it in shadow of the evening to see the full colors. Fairly easy hike of about 3 miles round trip. 
    Visit it in shadow of the evening to see the full colors. Fairly easy hike of about 3 miles round trip.  more »
  • We had lovely warm weather, not too hot, for this lengthy hike. We had to wait for a parking spot in the parking lot but were there on a Saturday. But be warned, a car parked in the lot but outside... 
    We had lovely warm weather, not too hot, for this lengthy hike. We had to wait for a parking spot in the parking lot but were there on a Saturday. But be warned, a car parked in the lot but outside...  more »
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  • Did you know that there is a mini-Yellowstone in Northern California? I didn’t! And it’s located in Lassen National Park several hours north of Lake Tahoe, a park that I only recently found out about. The Bumpass Hell geothermal area is a great easy-moderate hike through beautiful paths. At the end you reach a boardwalk through an active area with sulfur springs, steam vents and mud pots. Then hike a little further to overlook points to see it all from above. Bonuses are the elliptical orb rock perched by the parking lot and the Very clean restrooms there. Why do they call it Bumpass Hell? I’ll leave that for you to explore. :)
  • Must visit spot in Lassen volcanic park..!! It opens mostly during early summer.. So please check website for opening dates..!! Total hike about 3 miles. Hike is worth with great views..!! Little Yellowstone of California..!! Please park only in the parking lot..!! Don't miss the Artist Palate..!! Overview from top is great as well.. Colorful & great for photography.. Parking has restroom as well..!!
  • Interesting geological beauties you can rarely find, maybe in the whole earth. Great quick hiking route as well. Must visit if you are in Lassen National Park.
  • The Bumpass Hell Trail is the most themo intensive trail on the western side of the park. It took about 2 hours for a non stop round trip hike for about 4 miles. I did it in almost 3-3.5 hours as I went all the way to the trail summit, where you had a 360-degree view of park. I stayed for almost 20 minutes without another soul. It wa see ally refreshing and serene that you have all that space and time by yourself!!! Amazing feeling! I recommend anyone to spend 30-60 minutes when you reach the summit and soak with the feeling of satisfaction. Cheers!
  • A nice hike up to a thermal area. Frying pan was the better trail got much better views from that side. We walked down Bumpass and back up frying pan. We passed the parking lot which was full and went around the corner to park across from Lake Helen. There was a trail from where we parked to the main trail and shortened the hike by a quarter mile. Wear good sturdy shoes. Take some water. The climb up out of the thermal area was steep but doable for us old folks with a hiking pole to assist. Trail was mostly smooth gravel and well defined. Boardwalk though the thermal area.

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