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Bumpass Hell Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (16)

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

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  4.4 from 16 votes

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Photos

Bumpass Hell
Sep 27, 2017 near Shingle…, CA
The Bumpass Hell Trail provides a great view of Crumbaugh Lake from above.  Its a great view.
Sep 28, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
View from Bumpass Trailhead
Jun 27, 2020 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
Lassen Peak from Lake Helen.
Jul 6, 2020 near Shingle…, CA

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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
Aug 28, 2020
Casey Chu
Aug 23, 2020
Trey Woods
Aug 15, 2020
Amber Lutsko
Went halfway on to Cold Boiling Lake before turning back 4.6mi — 2h 17m
Aug 2, 2020
Whitney C
Jul 21, 2020
Shean Leigon