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Bumpass Hell

Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
+1 530-595-4480
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Nice walk

The hike to bumpass hell is nice but not recommended for strolleys and elderly since it can be a... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Bioggio, Switzerland
via mobile
A nice hike, but a little underwhelming, crowded, and difficult for kids

In the visitor center, this was advertised as the best hike for us to do with our three young kids... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Daniel B
Raleigh, North Carolina
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A 1.3-mile walk from the main road will bring you to this geothermal area with boiling mud and hissing blowholes.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mud pots” (19 reviews)
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Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
+1 530-595-4480
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

The hike to bumpass hell is nice but not recommended for strolleys and elderly since it can be a little steep at some places. The location itself is nice but somehow disappointing since quite small. This is even more true if you have already seen...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

In the visitor center, this was advertised as the best hike for us to do with our three young kids. We had fun, but it turned out to be more difficult than advertised, and as frequent visitors to Yellowstone, the hot pots were pretty underwhelming....More

3  Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 29 October 2017

My first hike at Lassen and the first time for me seeing Yellowstone-esque features. Definitely a must-do. It has nice views at the beginning of the hike, and the destination has really neat color combination (light blue water, light colored sand...very photogenic). We always start...More

Thank truelw13mak
Reviewed 28 October 2017

To view these thermal springs & mud pots you have to hike 1.5 miles on what was at times a difficult mountain trail. The only other place like this in the US is at Yellowstone National Park. My wife who was 1 month removed from...More

1  Thank harryatkck
Reviewed 26 October 2017

I wouldn't call Bumpass Hell incredible or beautiful but it's definitely unique and interesting. The effort it takes to arrive is just about right for what you get to see. It's a pleasant hike with nice views along the way. I found the information along...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 15 October 2017

It's about 3 miles round trip. It's a little up-and-down, like most hikes, but nothing too up or too down. Saw people of all ages on the trail. I did it in 1 1/4 hours. That was at a fairly decent pace but also included...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Bumpass Hell is like a mini-Yellowstone if you will. The trail has some portions that you have to ascend/descend but it isn't steep and is one of the "easier" trails at Lassen. It is definitely worth the time to go and see. It is a...More

Thank pamelamurphy180
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Worth the hike - about 1.5 miles to get to the thermal area and all on good trail. We hiked early in the morning to beat the crowds and had the area to ourselves.

Thank margaret s
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

It was definitely a moderate hike going to Bumpass. The incline tired me a bit but I felt so good afterwards. Make sure to bring two bottles of water per person and some sandwiches. Weirdly enough you get strong phone reception once you get a...More

Thank Katie E
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This was one of our favorite areas on our visit to Lassen National Park. The walk to the geothermal areas is not bad at all...a little hilly at the end, so the walk back up was a little strenuous, but well worth it. The familiar...More

Thank lowens311
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Renu S
31 August 2016|
Response from ferrah04 |
No. Bring a carrier if you have a baby / toddler. Trail may be challenging for young kids. But definitely worth it!
Renu S
31 August 2016|
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Response from journeys2remember | Reviewed this property |
Not advisable to take a stroller on this hike. Trail is rocky, exposed to about 200 feet drops on several stretches and the last leg of the trail has smooth powdery and hence slippery sand and is a steep downhill to the... More