Bumpass Hell Trail

EASY 125 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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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 it is a must follow rule. 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.

A well-marked trail that offers beautiful views, varied terrain and a good opportunity to see the geothermal vents.

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4 days ago

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6 days ago

My husband and I hiked Bumpass Hell in August with our boys ages 10 and 13. It was a great out and back hike with views along the way and a great reward of the cool Bumpass Hell area. Bring water. There are bathrooms at the trail parking lot. We added the hike to Cold Boiling Lake which starts at the Bumpass Hell area.

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8 days ago

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10 days ago

Very windy and very chilly! Start this hike early! We were fighting with daylight on the way back- but it was unlike anything we'd seen before. Cool views! It's harder to breathe at this elevation.

hiking
10 days ago

A unique trail and a great taste of what Lassen Volcanic has to offer! Great views the whole way through. Be careful on the edges! ;-)

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21 days ago

I did this in the snow in July and it was so slippery even with micro spikes! I'd recommend also having hiking poles if you go in the snow. Super easy and rewarding otherwise. Highly recommended.

hiking
21 days ago

My husband & I did this last Sat and it was beautiful. The weather was nice with a crisp cool air and the sun was shining. It was our first time in Lassen Park and we were very pleased with the surrounding beauty. Seeing the sulfur pools was amazing, we did this adventure in one day and then had a 3 hour drive home. We will definitely be coming back as we want to see the subway caves & painted dunes.

The first part of this trail is really easy to do for everyone. The second part it's even easier to do because it is a downward path that takes you to the pools of sulfur and the walkways that keep you safe from the unstable ground in some areas. There are some photo ops and those may vary from day to day, not always you get the spectacular bubbling that you expect. The return hike may be difficult to do as the first part is steep but it's a good hike nonetheless.

27 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail fairly straightforward and well marked. We went on to cold boiling lake trail despite thunder and lightning and we're especially thankful for the excellent trail markings when we returned to the entrance as over an inch of snow had accumulated. Spectacular views. We communed with two deer families along the way.

29 days ago

Nice hike. Well traveled and everyone was great. Children hiking and enjoying being outside.

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