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Address: Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
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A 1.3-mile walk from the main road will bring you to this geothermal area...

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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Easy hike

It reminds me of Yellowstone. Beautiful place with "rotten eggs smell". Great place to talk kids and talk about nature.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Irvine, California
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Irvine, California
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171 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It reminds me of Yellowstone. Beautiful place with "rotten eggs smell". Great place to talk kids and talk about nature.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fairly easy 3 mile roundtrip to some beautiful lunar-esque landscapes. Hot mud pools, steaming fumerales connected via boardwalks. Very scenic, and not too busy like some of the other National Parks. Worth a look.

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1 Thank 2checkingout
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502 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

The hike is relatively easy and I'm not in shape at all. The way back up is a bit steep but nothing a few breaks can't handle. We went early in the morning and had the place to ourselves. Blue pools and boiling mud pots and an other worldly landscape. Worth the few hours to get there and back.

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1 Thank Palmgirl33
Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This destination is only a little over a mile (each way) from a parking area, so it is doable for many but does involve some steep areas. A fun bonus to the interesting geology (hot springs and fumaroles) is the pervasive sulfur odor, which was a great hit with the kids that were along (really, it is actually a good... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

We arrived early at 9am to beat the heat and the crowds which was worth it as we only saw a few other couples on the trail and a school bus turned up at 11 as we were leaving. The trail in not for the faint hearted, with narrow paths and steep, open mountainsides; it takes 30 minutes to walk... More 

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San Rafael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The hike is scenic with marvelous vistas of the peaks and mountains in Lassen Volcanic NP. The trail itself is easy to walk on but with lots of rocks and gravel to traverse. I strongly recommend good hiking shoes or at the very least, good sport shoes. The hike to Bumpass Hell is relatively easy and the reward is an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

I haven't been to Yellowstone and I was excited to visit here. At the end of Oct, we were here at 10am and we were initially the only people on the trail. By the time we left, there were around 5 other groups of people arriving. Someone even brought their dog which is NOT allowed and not a smart thing... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We have taken the walk/hike through the Bumpass Hell part of Lassen National Park. I first took the walk through this area as a young child and thought it smelled like rotten eggs. It is an active geothermal area. Its interesting to watch the different mud pots doing their thing.

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ustravelermom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This really was a great hike, even before we made it to the Mud pots and sulphur vents. The colors there were amazing. We were actually there summer 2013, but I can't go back that far on my review. My only fear was that one of my kids was going to break through crust somewhere like Bumpass himself and get... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is about a 3 mile round hike but well worth it to see a surreal landscape. If you visit Lassen this has to be worth visiting.

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