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Bumpass Hell

Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Hot Springs/ Geysers
Description: A 1.3-mile walk from the main road will bring you to this geothermal area with boiling mud and hissing blowholes.
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massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Boiling cauldrons and sulfur colored soil make this steaming vent fascinating. An easy hike with a short section of descent/ascent.

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Minneapolis, MN
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154 reviews 154 reviews
100 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Sometimes called the "poor man's Yellowstone," Lassen Volcanic National Park is not widely visited. We were there Labor Day weekend and found two large campgrounds largely deserted. And while it's true that, despite mountain views, waterfalls, thermal features and wildlife, it is not as extensive in any of those categories as its big brother. Of course, if you are "National... More

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Cerritos, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There is an easy walk to reach the heart of Bumpass Hell, with a little bit of up and down at the end. You can tell you're near the end because of the smell (sulfur compounds) and the noise (bubbling of the pools). What a way to announce an unforgettable experience! The park did a very nice job of building... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Short , easy , sometime narrow hike. I did it with my 12 years old doughter and she was ok. Carry plenty of water.

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Laughlin, Nevada
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A doable hike for all ages to a place that is very similar to Yellowstone with many steaming boiling attractions

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Rialto, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The noise as you approach Bumpass Hell is amazing! The boiling pots were not very active when we visited, but the steam vents were incredible. The trail is fairly easy - it gets a bit steep as you go down into Bumpass Hell, but the experience is worth the climb out. The boardwalk takes you safely through the area.

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Dortmund, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Special fascinating landscape! A must see! Have a look at our earth in a different way! Boiling pools, hot springs- interesting!

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The hike is not to long, maybe 30 min each way but well worth it. It has some uphills but is rated moderate, seems pretty easy. This is such a great natural place to see, boiling pools of water and steam. There is a plank sidewalk and observation decks there to observe it all. Nothing short of amazing here, seeing... More

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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was very excited to check out Bumpass Hell and pretty let down. I am sure at different times it can be amazing but not when we visited. Walk i. Is not that bad. The hill coming out of Hell sucks!!!

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Earth, Texas
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216 reviews 216 reviews
50 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is one of the highlights of Lassen Volcanic NP and should not be missed. If you have not seen any geothermal sites before it is truly spectacular. The hike is easy and takes about 45 minutes from the parking-lot one way on a nice trail. Wear hiking-boots or good running-shoes, definitely not flip-flops or other loose shoes. Allow 2... More

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