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Bumpass Hell

Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
+1 530-595-4480
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Trail was closed in July due to heavy snowfall

We were sooo looking forward to doing this hike but we didn't get to do it. We were here at the end... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Dallas, Texas
via mobile
Wonderful hike to a fascinating thermal area.

While planning out trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park, there were two trails that I really... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Ohio, USA
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A 1.3-mile walk from the main road will bring you to this geothermal area with boiling mud and hissing blowholes.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
+1 530-595-4480
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We were sooo looking forward to doing this hike but we didn't get to do it. We were here at the end of July and the trail was closed due to snow...in July. Crazy! Anyway, we want to go back so we can really get...More

2  Thank CC B
Reviewed 20 February 2017

While planning out trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park, there were two trails that I really wanted to hike, Bumpass Hell and Mount Lassen. We (my wife, her sister and me; all in our early 50s and in good shape) completed both hikes and this...More

19  Thank OhioHick
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The hike is pretty moderate and if you are in good shape, and are used to hiking then it should not take more than an hour to reach down to Bumpass Hell. It is a total of 3-4 miles round trip and it can get...More

4  Thank Tara R
Reviewed 18 October 2016

A 1.3 mile hike over a moderately difficult terrain, but very worthwhile. Take a camera and stay on the trail.

Thank John_M154931
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Though most places rate this hike as "moderate", its pretty tough to do with kids 5 and under (and almost impossible to do with a stroller). First, the hiking trail is exposed to about 200 feet drops at several stretches. Second, the final leg of...More

5  Thank journeys2remember
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Could have been better weather (50's and very windy). Trail is easy to find with large parking area. Some areas are a little close to comfort to 3,000 foot drops but just walk careful. I am Not sure I would feel comfortable with small children...More

Thank Tiffany H
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a must see in Lassen. We were there with snow on the trail but not so much to make it difficult to pass. Beautiful views along the trail that culminates in the pictured walkways through the sulfur vents.

Thank Gratontraveler
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We loved this moderate hike to the thermal area. It felt like a mini-Yellowstone. Bring your camera, but be careful not to get the lens too close to the steam.

Thank Karenstauber
Reviewed 8 October 2016

A tricky hike but well worth the effort. Spectacular scenery culminating in a sulphurous hell hole of bubbling mud steaming vents and colorful chemicals. Poor old Bumpass who lost a leg after falling through the crust - they didn't have wooden walkways in those days!

Thank NG54
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

The hike is great. Slow grade upwards & then down to Bumpass Hell. Oozing, bubbling mass of sulfurous goo. Smelly & warm! Fine mist fell to help with the heat generated by the ooze. Boardwalk needs some screws screwed back down into the 2x6 wood...More

Thank serenasun32
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Renu S
31 August 2016|
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Response from journeys2remember | Reviewed this property |
Not advisable to take a stroller on this hike. Trail is rocky, exposed to about 200 feet drops on several stretches and the last leg of the trail has smooth powdery and hence slippery sand and is a steep downhill to the... More