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Description: 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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Take this highway to Hell

Moderate trail with beautiful vistas on the way to-and-from, and a geologic destination you should't miss. Great little hike.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Moderate trail with beautiful vistas on the way to-and-from, and a geologic destination you should't miss. Great little hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The best hike in the park but there it is steep returning in the beginning. Bring lots of water if it's hot. The volcanic activity is certainly not as impressive as it is at Yellowstone but it is still a beautiful trail and site.

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Lassen NP is one of the lesser seen national parks but is so worth the visit. The hike to Bumpass is very pleasant with some exceptional views and beautiful scenery with the thermal area at the end a fascinating reminder of another very famous NP named Yellowstone. The park itself is quiet, remote and peaceful and the skies at night... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a 3 mile round trip hike ((not walk, hike) to the area known as 'Bumpass Hell' within Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is named for trailblazer Kendall Vanhook Bumpass, a trailblazing pioneer who discovered the area and lost his leg after falling into a thinly crusted-covered mud pool. The trail itself starts with a parking lot very near... More 

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Napa, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Nothing too exciting here...some steam, some stink...but it's worth the short hike to see if you have the time. We were there mid-day on a weekday and the parking lot was full. However just uphill from the lot you will find a large pull-out area along Lake Helen. From here you can follow a short path that links up with... More 

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Livermore, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Still perculating after all these years. It almost killed Bumpass one of his guided tours in and is still active. Sulpher smell predominates, but that is to be expected. Take kids so they can learn how this phenomena works throughout the world. And if your from California, it is a lot closer than Yellowstone although not as awe inspiring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It's a bit of a hike to get to the thermal area, but it is quite active and compact. I was surprised in visiting Yellowstone that, while the features were larger, they were no more interesting, and they were spread out over hundreds of square miles. It's all right there in Bumpass Hell. If you're in Australia, Rotorua, New Zealand,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The hike out to Bumpass Hell is only a mile or so, but plan to spend 45 minutes or so getting there (stopping to take pictures, enjoying the meadow flowers, etc). It is generally an easy hike, although the first part of the return trip is a bit steep. The main attraction, of course, is the extraordinary bubbling "fumaroles" where... More 

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Ripon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We live at 68 feet above sea level, so the elevation of this hike was a bit tricky for us. You definitely need to stop on the way back up if you aren't used to being in the mountains. The views are breathtaking... The smelly portion comes in as you begin to see the steam coming up from the ground... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

An easy hike through a beautiful landscape will bring you to Bumpass Hell, a fantastic thermal area with boiling mud pots, hot springs and steaming vents. Nicely constructed wooden paths take you around to the various places of interest. This is one of the easier hikes that the whole family can do.

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