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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, Outdoors
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Owner 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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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My favorite part of the park was the Bumpess Hell hike, where you get to walk on the boardwalk over some active bubbling thermals. The colors were beautiful. The hike there isn't too bad, it gives a view of the valley. Parking was hard here because I think it is the park's most popular hike. Yes, there the smell of... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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38 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The trail leading to Bumpess Hell is just wonderful! Beautiful vistas of the valley below can be seen, then at the end you reach Bumpess Hell. Just wonderful to explore. It is stinky, there is the smell of sulfur in the whole area. It's kinda like a "mini" Yellowstone! The bubbling pools are really neat and so are the unusual... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The Bumpess Hell trail is one of the signature trail in the park as it is short, about 3 miles round trip that can easily be done in 1-2 hours with little elevation gain. It was packed with people and you literally were shoulder to shoulder. The sulfur smell is fairly mild compared to Yellow Stone national park but still... More

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Palo Alto, California
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178 reviews 178 reviews
67 attraction reviews
491 helpful votes 491 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Bumpass Hell is a thermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park. There are no geysers there but there are boiling lakes, fumaroles and mud pots. It was named after Kendall Bumpass, a local character and cowboy who lived nearby in the 1860’s - well before it became a park. The story goes that he was showing some guests around the... More

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massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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156 reviews 156 reviews
101 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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Brea, California
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17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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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
3 helpful votes 3 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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