Lassen Volcanic National Park

Bumpass Hell, located inside Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the hottest Hydrothermal volcanic parks in the world. At 322 degrees Farenheit, (OUCH) the mostly acidic high-velocity steam coming from Big Boiler are not safe for bathing.

As the story goes, Bumpass Hell was named after an early settler who severly burned a leg after falling into a boiling pool, so If you want to keep your extremities I would not advise going off the boardwalk to test the waters.

At an altitude of 8000 feet, towering red fir trees line the trail for shade. The one and a half mile, one hour hike (depending on who you are physically) is a gradual climb that is rocky and narrow in places.(don’t look down) Flip flops and sandals not recommended! Really?? You know who you are!!

A 100 foot descent into the volcanic park will lead you to a boardwalk that has an overlook to the ponds. The far part of the boardwalk is under construction at this posting so the walkway ends without being able to continue on to the upper part of the Fumarole that I hear leads to another turquoise pond.

You can start to smell the sulfur about half way there. (smells like rotten eggs…just sayin..)
With about a quarter mile left of the hike, you will come to an area with a bench that overlooks the entire volcanic area. This may be enough for some, (huff and puff) but I highly suggest that if you came this far, you should experience it close up. Your almost there and it’s all downhill from here!!! Remember though you have to walk back up…good butt exercise!
The basin is filled with turquoise steaming pools and beautiful multi-colored rocks and soils that have been stained brown, yellow, orange and terra cotta by the minerals and sulfur.

The 8000 foot altitude can make this hike seem harder, and I readily suggest you take plenty of water and a couple of snacks.
Photographers can plan on a good hour or more while down there, and a tripod is recommended for DSLR’s.

We were treated to an amazing sunset on the way back as the sun lit up Lassen Peak with red and orange color. We made it back to the car with last light of the evening. (flashlight optional)
The parking lot was packed with motorhomes and hikers when we arrived at 3pm, and by the time we got back to the car we were the only ones there. We tailgated a picnic dinner and watched the sky turn dark and headed back home.

Note:This August 16th 2015 marks Lassen Parks 100th Anniversary.

Lassen Peak

Lassen Peak

Southern Edge of Cascade Range, California

Southern Edge of Cascade Range, Lassen National Park,California

Lake Helen & Lassen Peak

Lake Helen & Lassen Peak

Red Fir Tree

Red Fir and Granite Rock-Lassen National Park

Trail to Bumpass Hell

The trail to Bumpass Hell

Red Fir Trees

Three Trees-Lassen National Park

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell-Lassen National Park

Hydrothermal Pool Reflection

Hydrothermal Pool Reflection

Boardwalk at Bumpass Hell

Boardwalk at Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell Boardwalk

Boardwalk with deck overlooking Pond

Sulfured Trees

Sulfured Trees

Sulfur Creek at Bumpass Hell

Sulfur Creek at Bumpass Hell

Sulfur Creek at Bumpass Hell

Sulfur Creek at Bumpass Hell

Hydrothermal Pond and Boardwalk

Hydrothermal Pond and Boardwalk

Hydrothermal Pond

Hydrothermal Pond

Big Boiler at Bumpass Hell

Big Boiler at Bumpass Hell

Hydrothermal pond at Bumpass Hell

Hydrothermal pond at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bubbling Mud at Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell Volcanic Area

Bumpass Hell Volcanic Area

Steam Pool at Bumpass Hell

Steam Pool

Steam at Bumpass Hell

Steam at Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

Hydrothermal Pool at Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell

Steam from Hydrothermal Fumarole

Steam from Hydrothermal Fumarole

Reflections at Thermal Pools

Reflections at Thermal Pools

Reflections at Thermal Pools

Reflections at Thermal Pools

Turquoise Thermal Pools

Turquoise Thermal Pools

colorful rocks Bumpass Hell

Colorful Rocks-Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell Volcanic Area

Bumpass Hell Volcanic Area

Bumpass Hell Overlook

Bumpass Hell Overlook

Red Fir Trees

Red Fir Trees

Bumpass Hell Trail Sunset_

Bumpass Hell Trail Sunset

Sunset Bumpass Hell Trail

Sun setting from Bumpass Hell Trail

Lassen Peak Sunset

Lassen Peak Sunset

Lassen Peak Sunset

Lassen Peak Sunset

Sunset at Lassen Park

Lassen Park sunset from Bumpass Hell parking lot

Lassen Park Sunset

Sunset Lassen Park

About sally

“All too often, we take for granted the gifts of nature that surround us everyday.” With her camera, Sally Hanrahan captures images that move the spirit and imagination, and marries those images of spiritual, natural, and rugged beauty with the changing of the seasons. Originally from Michigan, Sally’s interest as a photographer came at the early age of fifteen. Her parent’s love of nature influenced her appreciation for the beauty and serenity that Mother Earth created. Her Grandmother’s love of photography and her Mother’s amazing talent with oils and watercolors brought to life the landscapes she yearned to visit. A self trained photographer with a natural talent, Sally has been capturing landscapes for over 30 years. Her pictures were shown at the 2007 Sierra Autumn Photo Exhibit at Bartley Ranch and won the 2nd place People’s Choice Award for ‘Fall at Caughlin Ranch.’ Sally took first place in two categories for the Nevada Magazine’s 2011 Great Nevada Picture Hunt and won Event runner up in 2015. She has shown ‘Fighting Mustangs’, a tribute to the wild horses of Nevada, both at the Artistic Viewpoints Gallery in Gardnerville, NV for the Wild Mustang Exhibit, and at the Truckee River Gallery in Reno for the ‘Art of the Horse’ exhibit. She was among those who showed at the Patagonia outlet for the Winnemucca Ranch fundraiser. In addition, Sally has presented her photo art periodically at the Truckee River Gallery in downtown Reno and for the Nevada Land Trust Fundraisers at Rancho San Rafael Wilbur D. May Museum. Sally moved to Reno in 2006, and devotes her high energy and free time to hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and anything having to do with the outdoors. She has worked as a landscape designer for over 25 years and is especially fond of perennial gardens. The landscape is her pallet and her camera is always hanging from her shoulder ready for the next breathtaking shot. “The journey that you take is more important than your destination” Unknown www.sallyhanrahanphotography.com salgal777@me.com
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