Lassen Volcanic National Park Journals

Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park

A July 2001 trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park by Shauna

Bumpass Hell Photo, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California More Photos
Quote: Mt. Lassen is one of the less-developed national parks - fairly uncrowded, commercialized or over-hyped. It's a great weekend destination for Northern California or Oregon. It's a dormant (though not dead) volcano, and the park is filled with all sorts of volcanic wonders.

Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park

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The climb up Mt. Lassen is usually the top attraction in the park. Technically, it's an easy hike (the trail's in great condition), done in a few hours, but it's a fairly strenuous hike up. Bumpass Hell, right nearby the trailhead to Mt. Lassen, is a fascinating area of volcanic activity, where you can see a boiling lake, steam vents erupting from the rocks, and pools of bubbling mud. Just stay on the trail - really. Quick Tips: Prime campsites are at Summit Lake, but fill up fast - either call and reserve, or show up early if you're coming on a summer weekend. Several other campsites open up as overflow sites, so there will usually be a place to stay. Best Way To Get Around: D...Read More

Hiking up Mt. Lassen

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Hiking up Mt. Lassen Photo, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
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It's a surprisingly achievable summit, and worth every ounce of effort to climb up once you're there. The base of the trail starts at 8,500 feet elevation or so. Lots of people attempt the trail (in every sort of wardrobe possible - which provides some entertainment on the trail), so it gets a bit crowded in points. Slap on the sunscreen, as only about 50 feet or so of the trail is in wooded shade -the rest of it is on the bare mountain face. The climb up can take from around an hour and a half at a good pace, up to several hours. And it's nothing but uphill. The views get increasingly spectacular as you climb above all the surrounding mountains. The entire trail is a seemingly endless series o...Read More

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Hiking up Mt. Lassen
Main Road in Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Bumpass Hell

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Attraction

Bumpass Hell Photo, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
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Along with the crazy name (named after the man that founded the trail, and in the process of doing so, fell in to the boiling pools and lost both of his legs as a result!), this is a crazy place. It's about a mile and a half hike (easy hike, though somewhat crowded) from the parking lot to a valley of spurting mud, boiling lakes, steam vents blasting out of the rocks, and rivers of sulphur-laden water. By all means, pay attention to the signs to stay on the boardwalks in the area - things are as hot as they look, and it's a rather fragile eco-system in here. The area is alive (and loud!) with activity, generated by the volcanic activity under the soil. There's a trail guide at the head of the trai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2001

Bumpass Hell
Main Road in Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California