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Bumpass Hell

Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
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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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Nortre Califonkneeonee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Old man Bumpass fell into on of the vents and somehow lived back in the 1800's. Others have not been so lucky. In the summer well marked, stay in the right areas and you will have an exciting walk. Bring water. People do go in the winter, snow covering the guideposts and have fallen into vents with some dire results.... More

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Israel, Jerusalem
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158 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

the Bumpass hell trail starts after we already stopped at the sulphur works spot and saw and smell the geothermic work over there so I thought it will be the same. the trail starts in the parking lot before lake helen and most of the time is flat or mild downhill walk until you get to that point with sudden... More

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Albany, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We did the hike to Bumpass Hell with our two boys (ages 7 and 9) and we had such a great time. The hike wasn't too hard (the climb back out was steep, but we just took our time) and we had amazing weather so that helped! The boys are totally enthralled with anything science-related, so they just loved learning... More

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Lassen Volcanic Park is a must-see attraction in Northern California, and the hike to this area is key to the overall experience. Expect a good workout as you walk down from the higher area to the bubbling pools, and back to the trail, but take your time and you'll be fine if you're not used to the altitude. If you've... More

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South-Central, PA
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

It is amazing to see the bubbly pools of earth and the steam rising from vents near this thoroughly unique area which claimed the leg of Mr. Bumpass years ago. Be sure not to wander off the established path, as Mr. Bumpass learned the hard way.

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San Mateo, California
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A must do in Lassen VNP. We went the first week of August 2013. The weather was just perfect, mild temperature and not humid. You need a pair of good shoes to finish the hike. Please don't wear flip flops if you love your feet. Not a difficult 1.5 hour trail to Bumpass Hell. My 9 yr old did it... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The hike is a little over a mile in but it's very definitely worth it. The boiling mud pots and boiling lakes are amazing. The hike out is the harder part because you're climbing back up! However there are plenty of spots to stop and rest. Still worth it!!!

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Orlando, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

A moderate hike with a huge payoff at the end (the hydrothermal features). Definitely a "must see". We really enjoyed the hike, the views along the way, and most of all the hydrothermal features.

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wirral
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Loved this part of the park. The walk is described as moderate but it could be quite challenging, especially coming back when it's more uphill, and steep at times. Although at 8000 feet it may seem tougher. Definitely worth it though.... Just take your time and make sure you have appropriate footwear, saw people with really flimsy shoes and pumps,... More

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San Francisco, California
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17 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

If you have not been to yellowstone, you will enjoy this place. Lots of geothermal activities. This is one of the most popular trails at Lassen. Very crowded. If you have been to yellowstone, you might give it a pass and try some other trails.

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