Bumpass Hell Trail

EASY 55 reviews

Bumpass Hell Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Old Station, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible from June until October.

2.9 miles 510 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Bubbling mud pots, sulfur vents and boiling pools make this trip to hell and back well worth the effort. Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it's a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Sticking to the trail is always recommended, but if you're visiting Bumpass Hell we really must insist. To illustrate the point you have to look no further than the man who discovered these volcanic hotsprings, Kendal Bumpass, who managed to fall in and injure his leg not once but twice, the second time requiring his leg to be amputated! Scare-stories aside, this really is an easy family friendly hike with little in the way of danger as long as you keep the little ones under control.

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3 months ago

Arrive early to beat the crowds and have all the amazing fumaroles to yourself! A short hike that is definitely worth it.

3 months ago

Great hike...good views along the way and cool Yellowstone like mud pots with sulfur and steaming volcanic areas. Only open a short time because snow and safety concerns. Lots of snow when we went on July 9.

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3 months ago

Easy and popular trail. Uphill climb for a short section on the way back. Fascinating geothermal features. Parking lot is small and looks to fill up very fast.

3 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail. It is great for all ages. The incline is gradual and hardly noticeable heading towards Bumpass Hell. Heading out the incline is not so easy, however, doable, and it doesn't last long. The scenery and views are gorgeous. Bumpass Hell is like being on another planet. So amazing. You can feel the heat from the mud pots as soon as you enter. A must do hike. I can't wait to do it again.

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3 months ago

4 months ago

Overall great easy hike. Cool thermal features, sweeping views of surrounding mountains and wildlife and enough of a challenge. Do it! Also go early and beat the crowd and heat.

5 months ago

Nice hike

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6 months ago

Loved this hike! It has gorgeous wildflowers and a plank walkway over the mud pots. Very interesting. To me, it was like a mini Yellowstone hike because of the colorful mud pots.

6 months ago

Don't make a bumpass!!!

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6 months ago

Bumpass Hell is a relatively easy hike. For this reason, it is wise to arrive early, as parking is limited and this trail does get quite crowded. The hike down to the geothermal hot springs is a bit steep, but not too difficult. Overall a very enjoyable short hike, beautiful and fun. I think it's worth doing at least once.

9 months ago

I want to go back it's been to long

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10 months ago

My daughter and I went with her school. We had a blast. Looking forward to going again with my younger child.

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1 year ago

Great little hike after completing Lassen Peak on August 23, 2015. The weather was perfect and there was a lot of people. Even though it was stinky from the sulphur, the views were beautiful. One little girl explained to our group that the steam was from the dragons that were sleeping below the ground. Such a cutie.

1 year ago

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1 year ago

Fairly easy hike out and back. The best view is just before the trail turns to descend to the sulfur works. There is a marker sign with the Bumpass story at that point.

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1 year ago

Easy trail with great destination. Warm in September.