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Bumpass Hell Trail



3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 272' 83 m
Descent: -1,028' -313 m
High: 8,376' 2,553 m
Low: 7,429' 2,264 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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Trail shared by Heather Fernweh


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

Heather Fernweh

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.


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.

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Sep 1, 2019
Jake Westover
Aug 26, 2019
Gina G
Aug 11, 2018
Shih-Yi Hsiung
Aug 3, 2018
Allison Gerrits
Jul 28, 2018
Serena Ruden
Dec 25, 2017
France Barbeau
Oct 28, 2017
Carlos Watanabe
Nice day. A few people on the trail, but still very nice. Boardwalk will be closed for 2 years for renovation, still very worth the hike 3mi
Oct 9, 2017
Andrew Napier

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 11 votes


  4.2 from 11 votes
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Bumpass Hell
Sep 27, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
Great views of the surrounding mountains and ravines are offered from the trail before it descends.
Mar 26, 2016 near Shingle…, CA
A look at the boardwalk as it passes through Bumpass Hell.
Mar 26, 2016 near Shingle…, CA
The boardwalk that works its way through Bumpass Hell. Make sure the kids stay on it as the ground can give way to scalding water underneath.
Mar 26, 2016 near Shingle…, CA
Looking back into Bumpass Hell from the trail.
Mar 26, 2016 near Shingle…, CA
A views of the hills that drain into Bumpass Hell.
Mar 26, 2016 near Shingle…, CA


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