This easy approach provides great views of the Bumpass Hell area, allowing kids to see the area before they get walk on the boardwalk. You can see the steam coming out of the various cauldrons.
The area can be closed in Spring due to snow. Check in with the park service before hiking down the Bumpass Hell Trail.
Need to Know
There are no facilities down at Bumpass Hell, so make sure that you use the restrooms in the parking area and have plenty of water and food for the hike.
As you descend the Bumpass Hell Trail, there's an alternative trail that breaks off to the left at the 1 mile mark and descends down into the Bumpass Hell area. The trail provides great views of the whole Bumpass Hell area as you approach the boardwalk. The trail starts on a singletrack dirt trail before it turns to the right and descends a series of steps and boardwalks toward the Bumpass Hell Boardwalk. Its a short alternative to the main Bumpass Hell Trail.