Bumpass Hell Trail

EASY 68 reviews

Bumpass Hell Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Old Station, California 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 best used from June until October.

2.9 miles 498 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.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike. Very interesting and you should check it out.

2 months ago

Great hike! Full of science and history!

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6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

6 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.

hiking
6 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.

backpacking
6 months ago

6 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.

hiking
6 months ago

7 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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8 months ago

8 months ago

Nice hike

hiking
10 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.

10 months ago

Don't make a bumpass!!!