Bumpass Hell Hike - Lassen Volcanic National Park
Today we’re exploring Bumpass Hell, the largest geothermal site in California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park.
This area is named for pioneer Kendall Vanhook Bumpass, who was severely burned when he stepped through the surface crust into a scalding mudpot.
This is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park. The trailhead starts at over 8,000 ft above sea level & you have great views of Lassen Peak.
At just under 3 miles round trip with a 300 ft elevation gain, this hike certainly won’t take all day, but I’d plan at least 2-3 hours to enjoy.
You’ll know you’re about to reach the main attraction as the potent smell of sulfur (a rotten egg smell) rises through the air.
The beautiful new boardwalk allows for (safe) up-close views of mudpots, boiling springs and turquoise pools.
It’s incredibly important to stay on the marked paths here. Unfortunately people have been severely burned by heading off the official trail.
The “Big Boiler” is the largest fumerole in the park & it has recorded temperatures of 322°, making it one of the hottest fumeroles in the world.
This hike is best enjoyed in the Summer months because the road leading here closes in the Winter due to heavy snowfall.
Thanks for joining me at Bumpass Hell. For more of my favorite California adventures see my other Jumpropes & check out my blog at FlyingDawnMarie.com
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