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Bumpass Hell

Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
+1 530-595-4480
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A Nice Little Hike

It's about 3 miles round trip. It's a little up-and-down, like most hikes, but nothing too up or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert H
San Carlos, California

Bumpass Hell is like a mini-Yellowstone if you will. The trail has some portions that you have to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“thermal area” (11 reviews)
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Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
+1 530-595-4480
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's about 3 miles round trip. It's a little up-and-down, like most hikes, but nothing too up or too down. Saw people of all ages on the trail. I did it in 1 1/4 hours. That was at a fairly decent pace but also included...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bumpass Hell is like a mini-Yellowstone if you will. The trail has some portions that you have to ascend/descend but it isn't steep and is one of the "easier" trails at Lassen. It is definitely worth the time to go and see. It is a...More

Thank pamelamurphy180
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the hike - about 1.5 miles to get to the thermal area and all on good trail. We hiked early in the morning to beat the crowds and had the area to ourselves.

Thank margaret s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was definitely a moderate hike going to Bumpass. The incline tired me a bit but I felt so good afterwards. Make sure to bring two bottles of water per person and some sandwiches. Weirdly enough you get strong phone reception once you get a...More

Thank Katie E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of our favorite areas on our visit to Lassen National Park. The walk to the geothermal areas is not bad at all...a little hilly at the end, so the walk back up was a little strenuous, but well worth it. The familiar...More

Thank lowens311
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

But remember to NOT STEP OFF THE BOARDWALK! People are injured all the time due to the thin crust breaking and you falling into very hot water/mud

Thank rodnak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lassen Volcanic National Park is a beautiful place to visit and there were many parts of the park I loved exploring but Bumpass Hell is why you come here. The sights and smells you will experience here are distinctly unique. The hike to Bumpass Hell...More

Thank Andy3838
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are visiting Lassen Volcanic NP take a few hours to hike the moderate 3.4 mi 500' elevation change trail to Bumpass Hell. There you will find grey mud bubbling out of the ground at 150* to 200*. This must be what hell is...More

3  Thank thibbs1955
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The only place in the world where you can find all four types of volcanoes in one place. The entire park is beautiful, and the Bumpass Hell trail is one of the best experiences. You will see crystal lakes, rugged mountain terrain, and the amazing...More

2  Thank Michael_Crystal
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Lassen National Park is chock full of sites, hikes, lakes, and info centers. It's worth your $20 entrance pass. Our 8 and 10 year olds hiked with us to see the steamy, molten Bumpass Hell pit. I did the hike in my Chaco sandals and...More

Thank EastsideGang
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Renu S
31 August 2016|
Response from ferrah04 |
No. Bring a carrier if you have a baby / toddler. Trail may be challenging for young kids. But definitely worth it!
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