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Bumpass Hell Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (18)

A gentle, family-friendly trail with many turn around options that still include great views.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

Point to Point

8,376' 2,553 m

High

7,429' 2,264 m

Low

272' 83 m

Up

1,028' 313 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Hot Spring · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Highway 89 is closed in the late fall, most of spring, and winter. In those later seasons, it may be open to the Bumpass Hell Trailhead, but even that is dependent on weather.

Description

This is a pretty easy trail that is family friendly. It features a gradual gain in elevation until you enter Bumpass Hell. From here, there is a steeper grade heading back down, ending in boardwalks over a series of thermal pools. The trail is pretty even and easily completed with a decent treaded shoe.

There is lots of educational material at the boardwalks for kids and adults alike. The trail is mostly uncovered, making a hat and water necessary as the sun is really hot here. The trail starts at a large parking lot that fills up by noon so come early. It's a little over 3 miles but can be extended if you add Crumbaugh Lake Trail or Mill Creek Falls Trail. Either way, this is a great unique, quick trail with or without kids.

Flora & Fauna

Saw lots of birds and ground squirrels.

Contacts

Shared By:

Heather Fernweh

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 18 votes

#433

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  4.4 from 18 votes
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#433

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Photos

Bumpass Hell
Sep 27, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
Steam rising over the boardwalk through Bumpass Hell.
Nov 17, 2021 near Shingle…, CA
Lassen Peak over the Bumpass Hell Trail.
Nov 17, 2021 near Shingle…, CA
A hiker looking towards Brokeoff Mountain across the valley.
Nov 17, 2021 near Shingle…, CA
Hikers on the boardwalk in Bumpass Hell.
Nov 17, 2021 near Shingle…, CA
Evening light on Lassen Peak over Lake Helen.
Nov 17, 2021 near Shingle…, CA

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May 28, 2022
Vianni Garcia
Jul 19, 2021
Bao Nguyen
Trail description is only for the first 1.3 miles down to the boardwalk and back. If going down to the cold boiling lake, it drops significantly. 3.2mi
Oct 17, 2020
Amanda Bullington
3.7mi
Oct 4, 2020
Trevor Moore
Sep 27, 2020
David Hitchcock
Hike down through Bumpass Hell to Crumbaugh Lake and back. Beautiful views of the lakes from the trail. 7mi — 3h 00m
Sep 21, 2020
Frank Lee
9h 50m
Aug 28, 2020
Casey Chu
Aug 23, 2020
Trey Woods