Lassen Volcanic NP: Bumpass Hell

Hike: Bumpass Hell
Where: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Trailhead: Bumpass Hell
Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Length: 3 miles out and back
Gear: Icebreaker Tech T Lite, Outdoor Research Echo Ubertube, Outdoor Research Turbine Shorts, Boreas Topaz 25 and Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boot
Cost of Parking: Free

Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of those features that you must see. It’s just so cool! And so stinky. This nicely paved trail leads to the ┬álargest hydrothermal area in the park. The trail, though short, begins at an elevation of 8000′, making it a little tough if you’re not used to the altitude. The family-friendly trail is relatively flat until you drop about a hundred feet down into the steaming basin. A wooden boardwalk allows hikers safe passage across and around the bubbling, boiling hot areas.

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