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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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Dortmund, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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209 reviews 209 reviews
46 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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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Davis, California
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you go to Lassen you should not miss Bumpass Hell, for sure. You cannot see the thermal area from the road, though the overlook at the trailhead is breathtaking. The rocky trail takes you up a few hundred feet along the steep slope to the crest of the ridge, then down to the thermal area with fumaroles, mudpots, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The hike is on a well-maintained trail and not too strenuous, though there are a few steep ascents. The geologic actvity is reminiscent of Yellowstone. In some years, snow makes the hike much more difficult, so call ahead to check conditions!

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Sunnyvale, CA
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35 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Great trail leading to well maintained boardwalks. It is no where as extensive as Yellowstone, but equally crazy! Some of the mud pots were dried up because of this year's extreme drought.

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Dothan, AL
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We approached from King's Creek which is longer but probably less steep and definitely less crowded than the regular trail from the the North

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Missouri
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36 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was a very cool hike. I have not ever seen anything like it. The trail is well marked and fairly easy, with some moderately difficult parts here and there. Please note, you do need good shoes for this hike. Not hiking boots, but at least good tennis shoes. I saw some people attempting this hike in flip flops. While... More

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Curtice, Ohio
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is absolutely one of the Must Do sights at Lassen! The trail is easy to follow and moderately difficult for amateurs and kids. It doesn't get steep until the last quarter mile and by that time, you're motivated to make it there. The path does narrow in places so watch when letting people pass. A great site in a... More

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